France Investigates Exploding iPhones

By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 2:21 AM CDT
FILE - In this March 4, 2009 file photo, text from "The Zombie Survival Guide" e-book is shown on an iPhone equipped with Amazon's Kindle for iPhone book reader.    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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(Newser) – After a glass shard from his exploding iPhone allegedly hit a French security guard in the eye, consumer groups are investigating eight reports of spontaneously cracking or combusting iPhones in France. Consumers in other European countries have reported similar problems with iPhones and iPods, including a UK man allegedly paid hush money by Apple after his daughter's iPod exploded, the BBC reports.        

"I took it out of my pocket and held it to my ear and saw the screen crack up like a car windscreen," said an 80-year-old Parisian whose iPhone broke in July, a week after he bought it.