The technology manufacturers Samsung and Apple have been sued in a court in California because several models of their mobile phones had radio frequency radiation levels above the permitted levels that can be harmful to health.
The class action lawsuit, filed last Friday in the Northern District Court of California, has alluded to that “numerous scientific studies have shown that exposure to radio frequency radiation affects living organisms”.
Referring to research originally published by the Chicago Tribune, the plaintiffs have alluded to studies that have shown that, in people who wear a phone in their shirt or trouser pockets, radiation levels are up to 500 percent above permitted limits.
Since the technology manufacturers, specifically Samsung and Apple, would have been aware of these risks, the complainants allege a case of “negligence, breach of warranty, consumer fraud and unjust enrichment” on the part of the companies.
In addition to claiming to determine the actual impact of these technologies, the plaintiffs are asking Apple and Samsung to bear the “costs of medical monitoring” and are also asking for “compensation and injunctive relief”.
The complainants are users of several mobile phone models from both companies, including Apple’s iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 7 Plus and Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and Note8.
The possible harmful effects of exposure to these radiations include the risk of cancer, genetic damage, changes in the reproductive system, memory deficits and neurological disorders, among others, as highlighted by the complainants.
The radio frequency absorption limits set by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission are currently set at 1.6 watts per kilogram, although the Commission has granted its certifications to all of the products mentioned in the complaint.