Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones will be banned from all U.S. airline flights after nearly 100 incidents of the devices catching fire and sometimes exploding, according to the Department of Transportation (DOT).
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What’s the Problem?
October 17, 2016 – The Galaxy Note 7 ban went into effect at noon on Saturday, with the DOT now considering the devices forbidden hazardous materials.
“We recognize that banning these phones from airlines will inconvenience some passengers, but the safety of all those aboard an aircraft must take priority,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “We are taking this additional step because even one fire incident inflight poses a high risk of severe personal injury and puts many lives at risk.”
Samsung said it is working to inform travelers of the ban. The company announced last week that it was halting production of the Note 7 after replacement devices continued to overheat, following a recall of the original model.
“We have encouraged airlines to issue similar communications directly to their passengers,” Samsung said in a press release on Friday. “We realize this is an inconvenience but your safety has to remain our top priority.”
The company has received at least 96 U.S. complaints of Galaxy Note 7 batteries overheating, including 23 new reports since the September 15 recall, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Samsung has also received 13 reports of burns and 47 reports of property damage associated with Note 7 fires.
“The fire hazard with the original Note 7 and with the replacement Note 7 is simply too great for anyone to risk it and not respond to this official recall,” said CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye.
The Samsung Note 7 flight ban means the device is now considered a forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations, which prohibit airline passengers from traveling with lithium cells, batteries or portable electronic devices that are capable of generating a dangerous amount of heat.
If an airline employee sees a customer with a banned Note 7 boarding a flight, the airline must deny boarding to the passenger until the phone is discarded, according to the DOT. Anyone caught trying to sneak one of the phones on board could face fines and criminal prosecution for evasion of a federal flight ban.
Samsung estimates the problem will cost it at least $5 billion to resolve.
Do I Have a Samsung Note 7 Lawsuit?
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