tech2 News StaffSep 07, 2016 17:15:37 IST
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 issues don’t seem to have ended with the worldwide recall of the Galaxy Note 7 devices. The FAA is now reportedly “actively exploring” the issue and might be considering a ban of the device on all flights.
The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) is a US federal institution that regulates all aspects of American civil aviation. The recall of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices has put them in a tight spot.
Speaking to Gizmodo, the FAA said that, “If the device is recalled by the manufacturer, airline crew and passengers will not be able to bring recalled batteries or electronics that contain recalled batteries in the cabin of an aircraft, or in carry-on and checked baggage.”
The problem here is that the recall should have involved the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, which Samsung neglected to do. As a result of the “unofficial” recall, the FAA must now scramble to investigate the issue and determine if current Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices are flight safety hazards.
The report adds that Samsung has sold 1 million Note 7 devices and have to recall a total of 2.5 million devices. Affected consumers can expect refunds or replacements shortly. Since Samsung didn’t issue an “official” recall, the devices are apparently still on sale.
So far, at least 36 Galaxy Note 7 devices have exploded or burst into flames.
As Gizmodo points out, the FAA recently banned hoverboards from all flights owing to the fire hazard that they represent.
At the time of writing, the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 has not been banned from flights.
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