Boy, 11, hurt as BlackBerry phone 'explodes'

Campaign Series: A BlackBerry Curve reportedly burst into flames, injuring an 11-year-old boy A BlackBerry Curve reportedly burst into flames, injuring an 11-year-old boy

THE manufacturer of BlackBerry is investigating after an 11-year-old boy suffered burns to his legs when a mobile phone "exploded" in his bedroom.

Kian McCreath, from Coventry, was taken to hospital after his brother Mason's BlackBerry Curve 9320 reportedly erupted in flames and set his duvet alight.

The family is now calling for the mobile to be recalled from shops.

His mother Sarah, 39, said she unplugged the phone, which had been on charge, and put it on Kian's bed.

She said: "I thought nothing of it, made a cup of tea, then I heard a really loud 'pop' sound. Kian started screaming at the top of his voice, shouting 'My bed's on fire!'."

Research In Motion (RIM), which produces BlackBerry phones, said it has spoken to the family and is waiting for them to provide the products so they can investigate the incident further.

In a statement, RIM said: "RIM takes claims of this nature very seriously and a senior member of our team met with the family today to initiate a full investigation into this matter. In order to proceed with this investigation, we require the products that were involved in this incident to be made available for a full technical review.

"At this point in time, the family has not provided RIM with the battery or charger for analysis and have said they are unable to locate the device itself. We have a team on standby to conduct this investigation as a priority as soon as the family makes these products available to us.

"RIM is committed to ensuring our products are safe and we invest significantly in R&D and testing to ensure we meet or exceed all regulatory standards here in the UK and around the world."

The phone was bought from a Vodafone store in Birmingham. Vodafone declined to comment on whether they would continue to offer the model for sale, but a spokeswoman said they would also be speaking to the boy's family and a replacement phone has been offered.

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7:50pm Wed 5 Dec 12

ziggar says...

i call **** on this one.
"unable to locate the device " come on.........
you got to do better than that
i call **** on this one. "unable to locate the device " come on......... you got to do better than that ziggar

1:48am Thu 6 Dec 12

smokintheweed says...

ziggar wrote:
i call **** on this one.
"unable to locate the device " come on.........
you got to do better than that
I have to agree. If the device catches fire you'd at least keep the thing to try and get a replacement.
[quote][p][bold]ziggar[/bold] wrote: i call **** on this one. "unable to locate the device " come on......... you got to do better than that[/p][/quote]I have to agree. If the device catches fire you'd at least keep the thing to try and get a replacement. smokintheweed

1:51am Thu 6 Dec 12

smokintheweed says...

I read that wrong. Disregard my comment.
I read that wrong. Disregard my comment. smokintheweed

8:51am Thu 6 Dec 12

mondo75 says...

Hmm Bullschizen!! Unable to find device? Another scrounger thinking aye aye I'll make a few quid off of this now..
Dear argus, I do hope you report this again, after the claim goes belly up!
Hmm Bullschizen!! Unable to find device? Another scrounger thinking aye aye I'll make a few quid off of this now.. Dear argus, I do hope you report this again, after the claim goes belly up! mondo75

11:24am Sat 8 Dec 12

Dee-Gee says...

It's a shame there's not more publicity around a recent case of a Pontnewydd woman who tried to claim that her car was hit at 25-30 mph by another driver. this "impact" caused no damage to the other driver's car, but apparently wrote the claimant's off, plus she claimed to suffer whiplash and needed to hire a new car for 3 months, at a cost of ~£9K.

For some reason, the judge was unimpressed by this claim, and dismissed it... leaving the claimant with a ~£9k hire car bill.

Point of the story is, I wouldn't go getting the bedroom expensively kitted out until the money's in the bank ;o)
It's a shame there's not more publicity around a recent case of a Pontnewydd woman who tried to claim that her car was hit at 25-30 mph by another driver. this "impact" caused no damage to the other driver's car, but apparently wrote the claimant's off, plus she claimed to suffer whiplash and needed to hire a new car for 3 months, at a cost of ~£9K. For some reason, the judge was unimpressed by this claim, and dismissed it... leaving the claimant with a ~£9k hire car bill. Point of the story is, I wouldn't go getting the bedroom expensively kitted out until the money's in the bank ;o) Dee-Gee

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