September 7, 2016 7:26 am
Updated: September 7, 2016 7:29 am

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall: What Canadian consumers need to know

Samsung Electronics recalled all of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on Friday after finding batteries of some of the flagship gadgets exploded or caught fire.

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Canadians who bought Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone will be eligible for a product exchange due to a global recall prompted by reports that some of their batteries have exploded or caught fire.

Samsung Electronics Canada said there have been no confirmed incidents in Canada.

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Globally, there have been 35 confirmed instances of Note 7s catching fire or exploding, but no reports of injuries related to the problem.

The company said last week has not found a way to tell exactly which phones may endanger users out of the 2.5 million Note 7s already sold around the world. It estimated that about 24 out of 1 million units may have a faulty battery.

Note 7 owners in Canada can exchange a recalled device for a new one of the same model.

The company says another option is to exchange a recalled device for a Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 Edge through the carrier or retailer that sold the device.

WATCH: User shows charred, melted remains of Galaxy Note 7 after battery catches fire

This isn’t the first time Samsung has had problems with exploding smartphone batteries.

In February 2013, South Korean fire officials said a man suffered second-degree burns after the lithium-ion battery from a 2011 Galaxy Note phone caught fire in his pants pocket. Later that summer Chinese news outlets alleged that a Samsung Galaxy S4 was responsible for a house fire after a man’s phone burst into flames while he was using it.

In December 2013, Vancouver-area resident Richard Wygand told Global News he woke up in the middle of the night to find his Samsung Galaxy S4 – which was plugged into its charger – smoking and producing sparks.

How to exchange your Galaxy Note 7 in Canada

Note 7 owners can visit Samsung’s recall website here to initiate the exchange process.

You can also call this toll-free phone number: 1-800-517-3507.

– With files from Global News’ Nicole Bogart and the Associated Press

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