California resident Donald LeBuhn filed a class action lawsuit earlier this week in L.A. County against Apple iPhone 4′s glass casing, claiming the company "knows about the design flaw and refuses to warn consumers that "normal" use leads essentially to a broken phone."
Apple's iPhone website markets the glass the iPhone 4 is made out of as "20 times stiffer and 30 times harder than plastic," going so far as to label the glass "ultradurable." According to his lawsuit, LeBuhn threw down $252 in Sep for a new iPhone 4, but three weeks later the glass broke when his daughter accidentally dropped it approx. 3 feet to the ground while sending a text message.
He further says, "Months after selling millions of iPhone 4s, Apple has failed to warn and continues to sell this product with no warning to customers that the glass housing is defective."
LeBuhn is claiming that his iPhone 3GS never received that kind of damage when dropped from similar heights.
Last fall, the independent warranty provider SquareTrade analyzed 20,000 iPhone accidents and determined that:
- iPhone 4 owners reported 82% more damaged screens in the first 4 months compared to iPhone 3gs owners
- Overall, the reported accident rate for iPhone 4s was 68% higher than for the iPhone 3gs
- An estimated 15.5% of iPhone 4 owners will have an accident within a year of buying their phone.
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