September 9, 2016 / 8:32 PM / a year ago

U.S. safety agency urges Galaxy Note 7 owners to stop using smartphone

A model poses for photographs with a Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone during its launching ceremony in Seoul, South Korea, August 11, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Owners of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) Galaxy Note 7 smartphones should stop using the devices and turn them off because of the threat of a battery fire, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said on Friday.

The CPSC said in a statement it was working with Samsung to announce an official recall of the devices as soon as possible. The agency said it is working quickly to determine whether a replacement Galaxy Note 7 is an acceptable remedy for Samsung or their phone carriers to provide to consumers.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Mohammad Zargham

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