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Second French iPhone explodes, injures guard

updated 12:05 pm EDT, Tue August 25, 2009

New iPhone explosion

A second confirmed iPhone explosion has occurred in France, Agence France-Presse reports. A supermarket security guard, Yassine Bouhadi, says he was typing out a text message on Monday afternoon, when his phone's touchscreen suddenly blew out. A glass shard is then claimed to have hit his eye; while Bouhadi says he is consulting a doctor, his main concern is filing a lawsuit for damage compensation.

"I want an explanation about this damned telephone," says Bouhadi. He is specifically seeking repayment for his iPhone purchase, which was made only three months ago at a cost of 600, or approximately $850 US.

The first French incident occurred earlier this month, when a teenager's eye was similarly injured by flying glass. That case and others has prompted concern from the European Commission, as well as an internal Apple investigation, although the company has so far downplayed any explosions as isolated incidents. They nevertheless echo recurring problems with iPod fires, which have resulted in injuries and/or property damage in some circumstances.

by MacNN Staff





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  1. Rocha

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Wealthy security guard!

    How much does a supermarket security guard makes in France to be able to pay a 600 phone?

  1. psdenno

    Joined: Dec 1969


    So when...

    kids ask their parents for an iPhone for Christmas, the reply will now be, "No, you'll shoot your eye out" just like we used to hear about Red Ryder BB guns.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969


    If you want it bad enough

    Look at Americans. No one can afford a home, but...

  1. Mimi-mim

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Screen protector

    Would a screen protector film protect your eyes from flying glass during an explosion, like how a car windshield is held together by plastic laminate when it breaks?

    I can envision the manufacturers of screen protector films putting stickers on their products claiming that they will hold the glass together in the event of an explosion.

    Assuming that protector films can do that, of course. It probably wasn't a big explosion, just enough to burst the screen glass and fire out some fragments in the unfortunate man's face. A thick screen protector might have provided some protection.

  1. 319please

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Likely this is B.S.

    If a glass shard hit my eye, my "main concern" would be my vision, not how quickly I can find a lawyer.

    The key to being a successful money-grubbing bottom-feeder is to NOT LOOK LIKE A MONEY-GRUBBING BOTTOM-FEEDER!

  1. Haroscarfel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Well I'm going to guess that medical attention wasn't very hard to come by even for this security guard since you have gauranteed medical as a citizen of France. With that need taken care of he just wants a new phone and apple should provide him one at the very least. At least he isn't going all American with mental anguish.

  1. dpicardi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You people are all crazy

    Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty? Until we know otherwise we should be taking him at his word. It's not like there isn't a track record for these types of things. Don't you remember the laptop battery fires?

    I do agree my first concern would be my vision, but right after that I would be getting a lawyer. Phones should not explode and those that make them should be held accountable provided they were being used as they were intended.

    By the way I'm a 2 time iphone owner...original and it.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does anyone else find it odd that this only seems to be happening in France? What's different about French iPhones?

  1. Treuf

    Joined: Dec 1969



    French like to cheat wherever they can, it's a national sport (well, not as much as chinese for exams for example ...)
    I know, I'm french.

    That guy just dropped the iphone, and want a new one for free - it's no more complicated than that.
    Did you ever saw GLASS explode ???
    The phone battery - as the previous one - seems to be in a perfect shape (the previous one's screen was even turned on ...)

    To finish, that guy removed the flass piece from his eye alone ... sure ...

  1. jdonahoe

    Joined: Dec 1969


    This sounds fishy to me

    If this iPhone exploded because of the lithium battery or some kind of short, it should have gotten really hot first. I agree, 2 iphones in just France seems unlikely if there was a widespread problem.

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