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In this July 28, 2016, file photo, Jonathan Wong of Samsung's Knox Product Marketing, shows the iris scanner feature of the Galaxy Note 7, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

(Bloomberg) – U.S. safety regulators started an official recall of Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, about two weeks after the company halted sales of the devices following reports that they are susceptible to catching fire and exploding.

Samsung is recalling about 1 million of the phones because a battery flaw can lead to overheating, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday in a statement. That represents about 97 percent of the Note 7 devices that hit the U.S. market, CPSC chairman Elliot Kaye said at a press conference.



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