Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Phillip Lechter claims iPhone 6 'caught fire and gave him second degree burns after bending in his pocket'

iPhone 6 is again in the news, this time for burning Phillip Lechter's leg.  Phillip Lechter claims that his all new iPhone 6 “caught on fire”, burning through his jeans and injuring his leg with second degree burns.  Phillip had given a detailed analogy of this accident on his blog and has even made a YouTube video about the incident, which is given below.
Phillip Lechter claims iPhone 6 'caught fire and gave him second degree burns after bending in his pocket'


Phillip Lechter said he was visiting the University of Arizona with his family on 11 October when the rickshaw he was travelling in with his wife and seven-year-old son crashed. The rickshaw which also called a Pedicab struck a trolley track on the road and lost balance.  Phillip says that the rickshaw just tipped over but it rocked for the moment of impact, bending his brand new iPhone 6 as he was slammed into the side.
"I felt a burning sensation on my leg and then saw and smelled smoke from my pants.  I surveyed the rickshaw quickly and could not find anything that could have set me on fire.  Then it hit me, my phone was in my pocket.  Somehow in the process of the tipping of the rickshaw my new APPLE iPhone 6 had bent in my front pocket and caught on fire,"he wrote.
As the accident caught the eyes of the crowd, a passer-by threw a cup of water on Phillip's jeans to put out the fire.  He also adds that another passer-by who tried to pick up the burned iPhone 6 lying on the ground, burned his fingers.

Phillip immediate recorded a video after the accident so that he can pursue the case further with Apple for damages.  In the video, the iPhone 6 can be heard sizzling as ice is poured on it.

Phillip had pre-ordered the iPhone 6 and received deliver in the first batch of shipments in September. After the accident all that remained was smashed, blackened and warped iPhone 6 and a big burnt hole in his jeans pocket and boxers.

The accident also caused a second-degree burn four inches long on his leg that needed medical treatment and another on his hip from removing the phone.
Once we all calmed down we assessed the damage.   My APPLE iPhone 6 burned through my jeans pocket, through my boxers and significantly burned my leg.  In the process of removing the phone from my pocket I also burnt my hip.  The Doctor’s report described a 11.5 cm x 10.5 cm burn area on my right leg and classified the burn as 2nd degree with first degree burns surrounding the area. According to the Doctor, the burn will require cleanliness, antibiotics and pain management for treatment.    In the days since the event… include interruptions to my business, workout, and family life and the ‘freak out’ factor for all involved, he stated on his blog.
Apple has not yet commented on Phillips accident or given any official statement. But coming on the back of the “bend gate” controversy this is going to cause Apple some goodwill damage. The video taken by Phillip after the accident is given below :



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