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It's Time to Start Blaming Careless Note 7 Owners for Fires, Too

I remember the second I learned that the Galaxy Note 7 was starting to get banned from airports. I was on a plane, and I just remembered that I had left a Note 7 powered on in my backpack in the overhead bin. I panicked, woke a sleepy baby next to me to get to the phone and rushed to power it down.

That was Sept. 8, one week ago, and yet this week there have been more reports about Note 7 related fires, including one that may have burned up a car.

As The Wall Street Journal reports today, Samsung has botched this recall so far, as it was apparently slow to notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission and gave conflicting advice to consumers looking to exchange devices. However, CPSC recall is now official.

It also doesn't help that some customers have been unable to get loaner phones from carriers, though now Samsung says replacement devices will be in stores Sept. 21.

But there have been so many warnings at this point of explosions and fires that it's really time to start spreading the blame to careless Note 7 owners.

How could you still be using a phone that could put you, your family and your friends in immediate danger?

According to The Verge by way of mobile analytics company Apteligent, the Note 7 is still being used just as frequently by its owners. How could you still be using a phone that could put you, your family and your friends in immediate danger? Over possible death or inconvenience, I'll choose inconvenience.

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James Vincent from The Verge writes: "Looking at this confusion, it's no surprise that many Note 7 owners are simply sticking with their devices and accepting the risk of explosion, fire, or worse."

I almost spit my orange juice when I read that. Confusion is not an excuse for accepting that kind of risk.

At what point should Note 7 owners be held at least partially responsible for continuing to use a phone that could lead to fires or explosions that hurt people? Right about now seems right.