Recently Samsung axed its entire line of Galaxy Note 7 phones because, despite efforts to replace the original batch with working models, they were unable to correct the battery defect that causes and injuries. Despite the company’s heartfelt plea for users to return the phones, social media reports showed that some people wanted to the keep the dangerous items. In response to the ongoing danger, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on Friday banned the phone on all U.S. airplanes. Many international airlines have instituted similar bans.
“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 F. Kaye. “I would like to remind consumers once again to take advantage of the remedies offered, including a full refund. It’s the right thing to do and the safest thing to do.”
The consequences for violating the ban are severe.
- Passengers with the phone will be denied boarding.
- Packing the phone in baggage may subject the passenger to criminal prosecution in addition to fines.
Current travelers need to contact Samsung for information on refunds because they will not be allowed to board with the phones. Clearly the biggest concern is an explosion while airborne. Anyone who chooses to travel with a Samsung may now risk liability for injuries to others.
Lithium battery fires and injuries are on the rise and until the manufacturers devise better safety figures, anyone using or in the area surrounding a defective battery could be injured.
If you or someone you know does get hurt, be sure to get immediate medical treatment—battery explosions cause both heat and chemical injuries. You should also seek out an experienced attorney who can advise you on your liability, that of the manufacturers, and retail sellers.