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Consumer Commission keeping a close eye on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 safety recall

The Consumer Commission says investigators will meet with Samsung again at the end of the month.

FILE: People walk past the logo of Samsung Electronics at the company’s headquarters in Seoul on 30 July 2015. Picture: AFP.

CAPE TOWN - The National Consumer Commission says it will continue to monitor the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 safety recall.

The commission this week met with the manufacturer to assess its progress with recalling the smartphone, following reports of exploding batteries.

Airlines have banned the device and authorities have announced taking a flight with one will result in a fine.

The consumer commission says it's pleased with Samsung's cooperation and compliance in respect of the safety recall.

Commissioner Ebrahim Mohamed says investigators will meet with the company again at the end of the month to assess its progress.

"We were concerned about the number of phones that were involved. The initial amount of about 55 was reduced to 23."

Samsung South Africa has also setup kiosks at airports where travellers can exchange Note 7's for Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones.

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