It seems that 2016 was repeated in terms of phones that caught fire or exploded. This time, it’s Vivo’s devices to blame, as a cargo allegedly carrying Vivo Y20 phones and accessories caught fire at a Hong Kong airport over the weekend. This has prompted Hong Kong Air Cargo to ban the Vivo devices and two air carriers until further notice. The Chinese OEM is cooperating with the investigation and lithium-ion batteries are presumed to be the cause of the fire.
Android authority reports that the fire occurred on the airport apron. The pallets carrying the Vivo Y20 devices and accessories were in the process of being loaded onto a cargo plane heading to Thailand when they caught fire. Videos of the incident were posted showing that it started with a single paddle and then spread to two more. There were also photographs from the aftermath of the fire showing destroyed Vivo brand boxes.
The cause of the fire has yet to be revealed at this point, but we all know by now that lithium-ion batteries in smartphones can cause fires if damaged or defective. If you recall, in 2016, there were several incidents of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phablets catching fire until Samsung was forced to make a full recall of the devices. They eventually discovered that the fires were caused by overheating from faulty batteries.
Vivo told Android Authority that they are aware of the incident and have seen that their products were involved. They have already created a special team to work with local authorities in Hong Kong to help uncover the cause. They also assured that they will update the media and the public with any information emerging from this investigation. A product recall for the Vivo Y20 has yet to be mentioned.
Vivo also has manufacturing locations in India, so this shouldn’t affect your supply. The question would be whether people will not be afraid to buy Vivo smartphones.