Samsung changes Note 7 output schedule after fire reports

Chinese people visit the Samsung roadshow booth promoting their latest Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, outside a shopping mall in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. Samsung has delayed shipments of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in South Korea for quality control testing after reports that batteries in some of the jumbo smartphones exploded while they were being charged. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) – Samsung Electronics says it is adjusting Galaxy Note 7 production to ensure safety following reports that replacements for the fire-prone phones were also overheating.

The South Korean tech giant said in a statement Monday that the production schedule for the disgraced smartphone has been changed “temporarily” to take more steps to ensure quality and safety matters.

Samsung fell short of confirming or denying earlier reports that it had halted production following multiple reports that newly released Galaxy Note 7 phones after its global recall emitted smoke or caught fire.

Earlier in the day, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that Note 7 production was temporarily halted, following decisions by U.S. phone retailers AT&T and T-Mobile to stop giving new Note 7 replacement smartphones to consumers.

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