U.S. consumer safety agency plans recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7: source

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A Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Note 7 new smartphone is displayed at its store in Seoul, South Korea, September 2, 2016. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo (Copyright Reuters 2016)

U.S. consumer safety agency plans a recall of Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's Galaxy Note 7, according to a person familiar with the plans.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said on Friday that owners of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones should stop using the devices and turn them off because of the threat of a battery fire.

The CPSC said last week it was working with Samsung to announce an official recall of the devices as soon as possible.

(Reporting by Ankur Banerjee in Bengaluru; Editing by Don Sebastian)