U.S. feds investigating replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 after fire on commercial jet plane

“The federal agency overseeing the U.S. recall of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 says it is now investigating the replacement devices previously deemed safe, after one of the new models apparently overheated on board a Southwest Airlines flight Wednesday,” Ina Fried reports for Recode.

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said late Wednesday that it is investigating the incident, though it didn’t specifically say whether or not it recommends consumers continue to use the replacement models,” Fried reports. “‘CPSC is moving expeditiously to investigate this incident,’ agency Chairman Elliot Kaye said in a statement. ‘Agency staff has already reached out to the FAA and Samsung to gather the facts about the incident. Agency staff will also reach out to the consumer who experienced a serious incident with his phone.'”

Fried reports, “While not commenting directly on the safety of replacement models, Kaye said: ‘Consumers should know that one of the remedies is a refund.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Consumers should know that one of the remedies is a refund which they can use to buy themselves a real iPhone instead of a dangerous, inferior knockoff from a South Korean dishwasher maker. FTFY.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

29 Comments

          1. As a Flight Attendant for a major airline, we have procedures in place on how to deal with thermal runaway of a lithium ion battery. Although my airline is making gate announcements and announcements on board that they must be powered off and NOT connected to any power source while onboard.

            1. My brother works for Northwest/Delta and the stories he has of people that ignore the announcements is insane. They love nothing more that to bring a plane back to the gate and eject a person not following rules.

            2. Someone else reported here the same thing on a flight he was on and he scanned the local devices on WiFi and one Note 7 popped up on the active device list so some idiot choose to ignore the request and endanger fellow passengers. There’s always some moron who underestimates the danger and it fits it would be a clueless Fandroid user.

        1. There are idiots that think they are entitled and the rules don’t apply to them. That is a more dangerous person and should be hit repeatedly with a baseball bat when caught.

  1. Does anyone else think there could be malicious code behind this? Or am I completely off base? I know next to nothing about Android at that depth, but it seems to me that it might at least be possible to corrupt whatever code controls the battery charging/discharging. Maybe that explains the Southwest Airlines incident? I mean, think about the possibilities for criminal or terroristic activity if such a thing could be made to happen.

        1. If you mean firmware, it is possible that malicious code was flashed on a batch of controllers. It is rather rare these days to have true ROMs for controller chips.

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    1. Though I would think malicious code is possible it would probably not be through infecting the main memory area nor involve the CPU. Most likely such malicious code is in the battery controller firmware and inserted during the manufacture/assembly process.

    2. At the beginning of this fiasco I thought maybe it could be malicious code or something, but after seeing how easy it is to ignite after applying pressure, I’m beginning to think it can explode with normal use.

      1. If that were true you’d see far more fires caused by the over 2 billion cell phones out there that use these batteries. This was simply a sloppy design flaw by Samsung who rushed a dangerous product to market without properly testing it and designed it poorly. Then again, this is Samsung.

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