iPhone Explodes, Hurt Teenage’s Eye
“Apple, sales boom… products go bust” ran the headline of regional French daily La Provence as it revealed on Tuesday that a teenager had received a tiny shard of glass in his eye after an iPhone literally exploded in front of him on August 7.
Romain, an 18-year-old from Aix-en-Provence in southern France, said his girlfriend’s iPhone began making a hissing sound before the screen suddenly shattered, sending broken pieces of glass “flying in the air”.
“The iPhone was 30 centimetres away from my face when I felt like I received a grain of sand in my eye. It could only be a piece of glass,” said the French teenager.
His mother, Marie-Dominique Koleda, told AFP news agency that Romain did not have a serious injury but that she was nonetheless considering pressing charges against the phone’s manufacturer Apple.
“Today I’m wondering what I should do with the other iPhones we have at home”, said Mrs Koleda. She and her 12-year-old son have their own models protected in “Plexiglas cases”.
Following La Provence’s report, another iPhone user in Marseille said his model’s screen suddenly broke-up while in the middle of a phone call on July 25. The 29-year-old salesman said he hadn’t been hit by debris.