And Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 woes continue. In the last few weeks, owners of the phablet have already been advised by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to refrain from charging or even using the device. On top of that, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has also strongly encouraged flight passengers not to turn on any Galaxy Note 7 handset while on board an airplane, and even as far as saying that no unit should be stowed in any checked baggage. Do not forget that Samsung already has to deal with an ongoing recall of its phablet, plus it has to entertain all returned units via its exchange program.
And now, here comes another one -- the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) of New York City has urged users of Galaxy Note 7 units to turn their handsets off before entering the station and boarding any train or bus. To be clear about it, this is not an official ban, but for commuters who insist on using their Galaxy Note 7 while riding the train, their device better not explode on their (or other passengers’) faces.
To be fair to the MTA, the advisory is pretty understandable -- the safety of passengers is always the number one priority after all. And for the record, no reports have been filed yet regarding any Galaxy Note 7 related fire on MTA rides, and the agency wants to keep it that way. But the Galaxy Note 7’s reputation is all but ruined now -- put it this way, not every Galaxy Note 7 unit will surely explode any minute, but with the way institutions are issuing warnings (and sometimes even outright bans), this smartphone might as well be considered a highly dangerous device.
But some may be wondering -- why are people still using Galaxy Note 7 devices until now? Well, for starters, it is just not that easy recalling the 2.5 million units shipped in the last few weeks. Secondly, it may be just human nature -- some Galaxy Note 7 owners simply just do not believe the overheating thing will happen to their handsets. But for the MTA, the FAA, and the CPSC -- they are not taking any chances.
As for Samsung, it has no choice but to go through all of this. It has already looked into the likely cause of the overheating issues (due a manufacturer error on the battery supplier’s part). But recalling all potentially dangerous units still out on the streets is an entirely different thing altogether.
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