Every now and then when reporting on iPhones and gadgets, we hear stories of malfunctions causing injury. In most cases, it’s when unofficial third party charging cables and accessories overheat, or catch fire. This time out, it’s the device itself.
A 13-year-old schoolgirl from Maine suffered 1st and 2nd degree burns when her iPhone caught fire in her back pocket. According to the report on USA Today, she sat down and heard a popping sound from her pocket, then noticed smoke. Her female classmates asked the boys to leave the classroom while she got rid of her pants. A teacher then brought a blanket. After being admitted to hospital, she was treated and released.
“People should obviously use caution when placing their phones in their back pockets so as not to crush them and cause an electrical short,” one official says. (There’s no official word from Apple after the report.)
“I’ve never seen anything like that,” says the principal, who credits the girl with a “stop, drop, and roll” move when the incident happened.
Speculation states that it was an iPhone 5c, but there’s been no confirmation so far regarding which model iPhone it was. However, it likely isn’t a case of needing to be worried by a faulty batch. In this case, it’s more likely that the phone’s been sat on that many times, that it’s become damaged, and – in this case – shorted the device.
Via: USA Today