SAMSUNG CELL PHONE ALERT: The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have banned all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cell phones on flights originating in the United States. No passenger will be allowed to board planes with this cell phone on their person, in carry-on luggage, checked luggage or cargo.
The most convenient apparatus in modern history turns out to be one of the most dangerous. It can bring down airplanes; burn down houses, set fire to cars and burn people.
Nightly newscasts in 2016 exploded with stories about each of these scenarios spurred by Samsung’s global Smartphone recall in late summer 2016. The recall covers 2.5 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones. Samsung subsequently recalled its replacement phones for also causing fires.
A Florida man, who suffered second degree burns on his leg in September 2016 when his Samsung cell phone caught fire in his pants pocket, is suing Samsung, according to Fortune Magazine. More lawsuits are expected. The Note 7 hit the market in August 2016. Days later, social media began reporting the cell phones were bursting into flames. By the end of the month, dozens of fires had been reported.
Samsung admits production mistake
Samsung’s “initial conclusions” about why its Note 7 cell phones catch fire indicate that a mistake made in their production put pressure on plates inside the battery cells. The pressure brought negative and positive poles into contact, triggering excessive heat, according to Bloomberg News.
Samsung knew lithium batteries were dangerous when it designed its Note 7 cell phone. Yet it rushed the Note 7 to market to “…take advantage of weakness at Apple Inc.,” according to Bloomberg News. Samsung is blaming a “minor battery manufacturing flaw” for the huge recall that is affecting millions of its customers all over the world. Samsung claims that Note 7 phones it sold in China may not be affected because it “used another battery supplier” when it produced them, according to CNN.
History of cell phones fires and explosions
Cell phones have been catching fire around the world since 2007. The incidents attracted little attention in the U.S. until Samsung’s Note 7 suddenly began bursting into flames in its first month on the market.
The first death attributed to a cell phone occurred in China in 2007. It was followed by numerous reports of cell phone fires and explosions in other countries, including Australia, India, Nepal and Ghana.
Bottom line: Any cell phone can catch fire!
The evidence clearly shows that any cell phone with lithium ion batteries can over heat and cause a fire or worse. A man died in England in February 2016, after leaving his iPhone charging overnight by his bedside. A charging cell phone set a bed on fire in Connecticut in May 2015.
The hazards of lithium ion batteries are well known. In September 2016, a cell phone battery caught fire aboard a Delta Airlines flight from Norfolk to Atlanta shortly after takeoff. His fire was extinguished quickly. The pilot reported the cell phone battery that caused the fire was not attached to a phone. In 2010, a load of lithium batteries caused a fire aboard a UPS cargo plane that crashed near Dubai, killing both pilots. According to NBC News, overheated lithium batteries “can blow the lids off steel shipping containers with enough force to damage a plane.”
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Just because Samsung admitted its mistake so quickly does not absolve its corporate responsibility to market a safe product. Manufacturers have an obligation to sell safe products, not rush sales of potentially defective products to undercut a competitor.
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