Beleaguered Samsung using hazardous materials permit to transport potentially explosive Galaxy Note 7 returns

Beleaguered “Samsung received a special permit from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to ship 137,000 unopened Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from retail locations back to Samsung, the agency said,” Mike Dano reports for FierceWireless.

“Further, the DoT agency said Samsung will likely use a ‘quantity-limited, thermally insulated outer package designed to contain fire or smoke’ to ship additional defective devices to the manufacturer,” Dano reports.

“The details of Samsung’s ongoing Galaxy Note 7 recall efforts underscore the logistical difficulties Samsung faces in collecting and shipping potentially explosive devices from retail outlets around the country,” Dano reports. “According to the permits that Samsung applied for from the DoT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, the company cannot ship the gadgets via airplane, and likely will use specially designed shipping boxes to move the returned Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from retailers like Verizon and Best Buy back to Samsung’s facilities.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Quantity-limited for quality-limited devices from a South Korean dishwasher maker.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Peter G.” for the heads up.]

19 Comments

  1. 137,000 SamSplode phones contained together and one igniting a conflagration amongst them seems to be karmically similar to that thermonuclear scenario Steve Jobs suggested. At last. ScamSham blew up their own hazardous brand with no outside help.

  2. This whole torching mess with Samsung phones is an indication of a failure of top management to run the company properly at all levels where there are known risk factors.

    There is no excuse for their failure except stupidity & greed.

    I simply do not trust Samsung now for any product & I really can’t understand people who still insist they will stick with Samsung.

    Don’t complain if you stick with the loser.

  3. My son came home from high-school yesterday with the story of how a girl in his class had a Samsung phone explode in her hand. Ambulance came, EMTs put her on a gurney and wheeled her out. He didn’t know the extent of the damage, but the kids were talking about blood in the bathroom.

    Just shaking my head.

  4. Just checked Samsung stock, expecting to see it still reeling after this latest incident.

    Instead, I see that it’s hit a new all-time high.

    What the actual fsck!?? Traders are so stupid it’s unbelievable.

    1. Mossman-
      I just checked their stock price a few minutes ago (1:36pm EST on 10/07/16) and it is down another 16.25%- NOT at their all time high by any means!
      As has been previously said, couldn’t happen to a nicer Kkangpae…

    1. If a terrorist or depressed person knows how easy it is to explode a Samsung device then they could bring down a plane by starting a fire in a bathroom or something. Why are POORLY ENGINEERED Samsung BOMB’s allowed on planes?

  5. If we put things in perspective, the percentage of exploding phones (against the total made / sold) is still rather negligible, and when we look at this without any prejudice, these phones are probably as safe as any other devices.

    However, that doesn’t matter anymore. Enough of these devices have conspicuously exploded that Samsung now has practically no chance of recovering from this. And what makes things even worse is that SouthWest flight on Wednesday that got evacuated due to a smoking replacement Samsung Note 7. The immediate message was that even the people who replaced their “hazardous” phones aren’t safe.

    Restrictions are already in place, but it is quite likely that we will soon begin to see outright bans on public transportation (planes, trains, buses). As I mentioned a few days back, I can easily imagine a scenario where someone sees a Samsung phone on the subway and goes “Hey, that’s a Samsung phone, you gotta turn that off, it can explode! And the poor user responds, “No, this isn’t Galaxy Note 7; this is Galaxy Core Prime” (!??), to which the other guy goes, No, No, it’s a Samsung, it can explode, turn that thing off NOW!! And situation easily escalates into a brawl when a friendly mob of worried passengers gangs up on the poor soul and kicks him off the train (or worse).

    Ordinary people who watch news will find it very hard to justify buying a phone that might prevent them from boarding a train, bus, or a flight. Why bother taking chances?

    Consequences of this for Samsung will be quite long and quite strong. Couldn’t have happened to a nicer company… (</s>)

    You should check out some of the Android forums and the weeping, wailing and whining over there…

    1. Your first para gives undue credit to Samsung…there should not be excuse on quality control…. remember they are better than Apple for an average user…so Apple should get its due respect

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