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US government: “Power down and stop charging or using” the Samsung Galaxy Note7
Earlier today, the Federal Aviation Administration delivered official guidance to US airline passengers, advising them to keep the Samsung Galaxy Note7 switched off in-flight, and to avoid charging the device onboard. The FAA’s advisory notice came a day after three of Australia’s largest airlines issued similar instructions to their passengers.
The FAA took longer than some had expected to issue its guidance – and indeed, its response would have been far quicker if Samsung had implemented official recall procedures with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Instead, Samsung announced a less formal voluntary recall of its new flagship handset, following dozens of incidents in which the device caught fire, and some cases in which its battery exploded.
Independent group Consumer Reports criticized Samsung for failing to work with the CPSC, an independent government agency, as this had led to the handset remaining on sale through some retailers, even after the company’s recall had been announced.
But this evening, Samsung issued a press release stating that it is working with the CPSC “on a voluntary corrective action plan to expedite a US recall of the product.”