Samsung receives a Hazardous Material permit in order to send defective Galaxy Note 7 units home

Samsung receives a Hazardous Material permit in order to send defective Galaxy Note 7 units home
Samsung has received a special Hazardous Material permit from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. The permit is required to allow the manufacturer to ship 137,000 unopened Samsung Galaxy Note 7 units from retail locations back to Samsung, The phones covered by the HazMat permit are part of the recall of 2.5 million handsets that were powered by defective batteries. A small number of these phones exploded, most while in the process of being charged.

Samsung cannot fly the devices from companies like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile back to its facilities. FAA rules prevent air cargo shipments of recalled or defective lithium battery-powered devices. And yes, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is included in that group. To move the 137,000 phablets, the manufacturer will most likely employ a "quantity-limited, thermally insulated outer package designed to contain fire or smoke."

In the U.S. and in some other countries, Samsung has started exchanging Galaxy Note 7 models with the defective battery for new units carrying a safer cell. You can tell the difference by looking at the battery charging icon. In the potentially lethal version of the phablet, this icon is white. In the "safe" units, the battery charging icon is green. This gives people who need to know which model is which (such as a flight attendant) the ability to quickly determine if the Galaxy Note 7 in someone's hands is a threat or not.

But this story appears to be far from over. Today, we told you the details about a "safe" Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that reportedly exploded inside a Southwest flight to Baltimore this morning, as passengers boarded the aircraft. This is not the first time that one of the "safe" Galaxy Note 7 phablets has allegedly exploded.


source: FierceWireless

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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

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15 Comments

1. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Galaxy Note 8 anyone..this one was a blast! in all aspects.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't know that's so damn funny, but it is. Hazardous material permit lol...wowwww. Samsung... Get this handled once and for all man. I'm rolling with y'all, cause the Note line is tops, to and for me, but this bad press is gonna make it harder and harder to gain consumer trust. I'll be at AT&T on launch day for the Note 8. My body is ready, but not for an explosion ;)

3. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

OMG they catch fire, they don't explode like a grenade .

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That makes it better?

7. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

You call it tomato, We call it tomaaatoo... Catching fire and exploding would be the same.. A grenade explodes instantly.. And Samsung Note 7 burns, catches fire.. If it is near a volatile substance, say it catches fire near a gas station.. Imagine what would happen.. More disastrous than a grenade.. lol

11. rick_mobile

Posts: 358; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Are you fkn st*upid? You can't compare the potential energy of battery chemicals being released all at once (explosion) with huge pressures in a split second VS a battery smoking and gradually burning up and catching fire. Big diferrence. Im not justying samsung. They deserve what they got. Anyhow, this is why you stay in school ppl.

5. Harambe unregistered

That's what happens when you violate USB type C standard with your proprietary charging even when it doesn't support it. Even the safe note 7 are not safe. In fact, any li ion battery is not safe if you bombard it with voltage like Samsung is doing here. Idiots deserved it.

9. Unordinary unregistered

R.I.P

13. Harambe unregistered

Can you please stop doing that. Harambe is and will always be alive in our hearts. He was not just a gorilla, he is an emotion.

6. Madmax

Posts: 110; Member since: Aug 19, 2016

Uranium, plutonium, thorium and now Note 7-nium..All are hazardous.. LoL

8. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

No matter how much poditive you try to look through Samsung they have well and truly botched this one. There is no hope in this. Better to resign this product completely and continue with the Advertising of S7 and S7 edge. They got something very wrong and I believe they will come back stronger but only if they were to innovate and not just try to fleece their customers by offering meagre upgrades every year just like another company they have chosen to idolize.

10. Unordinary unregistered

Just discontinue it and release two sizes of Galaxy S series

12. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

Just picturing a giant cargo ship, with a hazardous materials load, reaching port... longshoreman start to unload, thinking it's gonna be some nasty chemicals or something.... and it's phones. lolz. So to recap...this week alone has seen the Note 7 banned from a cruise line and slapped with a Hazardous Material badge for it's ride home. All in all a pretty tame week for the N7. Looking forward to next week. And looking forward to the S8 & N8.

14. kerginaldo17 unregistered

Sade end for the better smartphone of Samsung. And the safe Note 7 are exploding too, what to do now?Cancel the sales or what?

15. willywanta

Posts: 502; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Come on Samsung. Be done with it. Let note7 die in peace. Refresh and re-release note5. Continue advertising s7/s7 edge. And focus on s8.

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