CPSC uses subpoena to seize Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that burned on a Southwest plane

CPSC uses subpoena to seize Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that burned on a Southwest plane
Perhaps the scariest explosion involving a replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 took place last Wednesday. On that day, a Galaxy Note 7 exploded inside a Southwest Airline jet sitting on the tarmac in Louisville. Passengers were boarding the flight at the time of the incident, and what makes this so scary is the potential for a huge tragedy. Had that phone exploded less than a hour later, every soul on that plane would have been at risk.

Today, word leaked out that investigators with the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), armed with a subpoena, seized the charred handset from the Louisville Fire Department on October 6th. That was the day after the incident took place. The handset technically still belonged to its owner, Brian Green, when the investigators took it and hand delivered it to a CPSC lab in Bethesda, Maryland.

The CPSC apologized for the the way it took control of the phone, saying that it usually seeks permission from the owner of a device before taking control of it. In this case, the agency says that it was acting quickly and couldn't get in touch with Mr. Green before proceeding with the seizure of the device.

Samsung has announced that it is shutting down production of the phone and sales of the device have been halted. Those with the recalled or replacement models of the Galaxy Note 7 are requested to turn the phone off and exchange it for a brand new Samsung Galaxy smartphone model (with a reimbursement for any price difference) or a full refund.

source: TheVerge

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Galaxy Note 7
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, Quad-core, 2150 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. truthwins unregistered

Lol since when phonearena turned into a cnn. All they are doing is attack Samsung

2. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

I don't think they are attacking Samsung, just putting out articles that people might be interested and might click on, and for sure anything related to Samsung is the hot topic now, not even apple can beat their publicity, LOL

3. Fona13A unregistered

The least thy could do is just put a timeline so distinguished stories can be sorted from a chain of similar events. No, I'm not even defending Samsung, just pointing out how atrociously disorganized PhoneArena can be.

12. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1185; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Yeah, the thing with PA, is that I don't think the writer communicate with each other a lot, at least not about when they are gonna publish an article. They just go all over the place.

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

^^ I had thought so too. Seems like this is loose journalism. That's probably the cause of the coincendental news/article duplicate from different authors.

6. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Yeah? 100 articles in one day?lol

15. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Some people are really dense. PA isn't attacking Samsung

19. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude every tech site on the net is talking about Samsung right now. What you want is this story to fly under the radar and get brushed under the rug. ITS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN! I don't think you understand the magnitude of this. This is waaaay worst than any gate that Apple has had in the past. With that said, those were covered the same.

22. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"This is waaaay worse that gate any guess that Apple has had in the past" I guess tech sites doing so much coverage and reports on this case isn't all about the gravity of the issue, but also of the high-profile publicity. I mean, would the reports and articles be this much, if it was about a BLU or Meizu phone? Probably not. Anyways, I'm not against tech sites doing so much report on this case, as it's indeed a serious issue which needs to be addressed ASAP.

4. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

That little explosion, iPhonearena is calling it will not bring down a plane.lol

7. HateFanboi

Posts: 11; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

That little explosion burned a hole through the carpet, and perhaps would have went through the metal. Don't downplay the situation.

10. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Omfg burned through metal.... You show your knowledge about fires...... Absolutely zero....

24. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Planes have this thing called Fire Extinguishers. There is no way it would have brought down a plane in less maybe if it was in cargo with luggage. But that would not have been the case.

9. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

You must be nuts! Anything generating toxic lithium battery spoke on a plane in flight would cost tens of thousands of dollars to an airplane operator and jeopardize the safety of passengers. What if that sucker went up in flames on a flight from New York to China? Just think about the lawsuits that it would generate. I expect a permanent flight ban on any and all Note 7 phones. That's why Samsung has to recall/discontinue it and possibly the name. This is a serious situation for a device that was selling very good.

11. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

But it still wouldn't crash the plane. It's not a bomb....

17. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Tell that to the passengers when they start to see smoke and fire coming out your pockets. That could get someone killed in flight.

23. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The amount of smoke comming off burning smartphone can't kill a human being. Are you kidding?

30. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1347; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

People tend to freak out and over react easily, specially aboard planes. A phone exploding could easily cause chaos.

31. acruzlu unregistered

People are paranoid, the amount of smoke inhaled from a phone can't kill people. It might make you sick, and that's it.

5. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You mean like that iphone did on a plane. Yes thank goodness the plane was not in air. But it would not have blown up the plane.

8. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

The struggle is real....go lay down Sissy and let Samsung's real PR team do their job.

25. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Well you know where you can go....

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

No, you're wrong, my dear Sissy Pants... You're forgetting something, "PRESSURE". A plane hovering thousands of feet above the sea level at its full pace has an EXTREMELY PRESSURIZED cabin... Tell you a real story, I'm a HUGE fan of Fountain Pens... HUGE FAN...! I love their smoothness and 'fluidness' and the way they glide across the paper is pure symphony to the 'right' beholder... Drifting away in thoughts, old man? Sorry about that... Anyhow, I once borded a plane with my Gold Nib Parker (The Apple and Ferrari of Fountain Pens!) full of ink... After about 30 Minutes, I layed back when a flight attendant woke me up and told that your pen is leaking...! And sure enough, it was...! And I was wondering how come a pen built like a tank could leak...? But thankfully, she put an end to my thought by saying: "Pressurized cabin, sir. You shouldn't take a fountain pen in a plane". Long story short, I'm sure even a little explosion will make a BIG HOLE in the fuselage at thousands of feet above the sea level while gliding at 1,000km/hr. G'Day!

26. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Then why did the plane that the iphone cought fire on blow up.

27. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015


28. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

The cabin pressurization has zero to do with this. Phones don't explode, they catch fire and sizzle out. Have you even watched any of these videos?

29. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly, they don't blow up.

16. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Note 7 is dead , so should these articles be

18. jm405

Posts: 82; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

Why does it take a subpoena to get a phone that could have injured people on a plane? If I was the owner of that phone I would have gave it up right away.

20. EC112987

Posts: 1216; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

I'm sure Samsung doesn't want anyone having the phone before they can determine why it exploded. That's why they took legal action.

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