An Australian judge on Thursday fined Samsung 14 million Australian dollars (more than 9 million euros), a regulator reported. According to the watchdog, the South Korean manufacturer has made “misleading claims” about the waterproofing of smartphones.
The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) sued the company in July 2019. According to the regulator, Samsung admitted to misleading buyers of certain Galaxy phones about the level of water resistance.
The watchdog says that between March 2016 and October 2018, Samsung claimed in store advertisements and on social media that the phones could be used in swimming pools and in the sea.
However, the ACCC has received hundreds of complaints from users claiming that smartphones malfunction or even stop working after exposure to water.
The regulator says the claim that smartphones were water resistant was a “major selling point” for Galaxy phones. “Many consumers may have been exposed to misleading advertisements before deciding to purchase a new phone,” ACC said. Samsung has yet to respond to the fine.