Another Samsung Galaxy Note 7 exploded in a hotel room and caused $1400 worth of property damage.
No one knows if this will be the last time when a Note 7 explodes and makes it to another day’s headlines.
But this time was different because of the fact that not only was the smartphone rendered useless (because it was scorched) but the surroundings of the smartphone also had to bear the brunt of Samsung’s utter lack of technical expertise as far as the Note 7’s battery is concerned.
Various reports have revealed that the blown up smartphone caused damages in a man’s hotel room that were worth more than $1383.
The owner of Samsung’s latest burnt up Galaxy Note 7 smartphone device is an Australian man who told reporters that he was on a business trip when his hotel room was almost completely burnt to the ground because of a malfunctioning Note 7 device.
The Australian man took to Reddit in order to describe the whole incident.
Using the alias Crushader, the man described the events that he had to go through because of the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and we warn you now that the saga is , at the very least, horrific for everyone who was involved.
Crushader explained that his brand new Note 7 exploded that morning while he was still in his sleep. He also revealed that his Note 7 was plugged in and charging.
Crushader further added that the smartphone completely fried and he couldn’t eject the SIM tray to remove his SIM or his microSD card. The Australian man also clarified that he was using the original charger and cable just in case anyone was wondering.
While describing the details of his dreadful experience, Crushader posted that his Note 7 scorched the hotel room’s bed sheet and the carpet as well when he whacked his Note 7 down to the floor.
As a result, the man said, one of his fingers got burnt while trying to control the disastrous situation.
To add insult to injury, the man revealed that upon contact, Samsung told him that his case was the first the company had heard of in Australia. Crushader further added that he went to a Samsung store after the incident and the staff there gave him a loan device Samsung Galaxy J1.
He also said that the company had promised him that they would take care of the hotel damages bill.
In case you were wondering, this is just one of the many exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 cases that have made the news in the last week or so. Needless to say that these events could not have come at a worse time for Samsung when the company desperately needs one of its devices to build some sort of momentum against Apple’s impending iPhone launch event.
After a series of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 events, Samsung announced that the company was suspending the sale of Note 7 and had given orders for a global recall of the malfunctioning smartphone device.
Other reports have suggested that the primary reason for the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was, in fact, overheating.
Samsung commented on the situation and said that in a response to recently reported cases of the new Note 7, the company had conducted a thorough investigation and had found a battery cell issue with the device.
Samsung also stated that as of September 1 there had been about 35 cases of exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 that have been reported globally.
The company representatives further added that Samsung was currently conducting a thorough inspection with their suppliers to identify and rectify possible affected batteries in the market.
And in order to save face, Samsung also pledged that the company would take care of consumers who had already bought the new Note 7 smartphone device.
Samsung further assured customers that the company would voluntarily replace their current Note 7 device with a new one within three to four weeks.
Ostensibly, the Australian man (who goes by the name of Crushader on Reddit) didn’t receive any such information and consequently commented on Reddit that his Note 7 fizzed and then popped open.
He continued and said that flame and smoke followed after the device burst into flames and a result he almost had a panic attack.
Needless to say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 global recall has brought the company a huge amount of misfortune.
Before exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices, Samsung was more or less on track when it came to annual mobile profit growth.
The company has not posted a profit growth for its mobile division for the past consecutive three years.
As mentioned before, this period was slated to be the first year which would have returned a growth in profit margins largely because of the success Samsung experienced due to Galaxy S7 smartphone device.
As such, Samsung had planned for the Note 7 to keep the momentum going for the company in terms of sale numbers.
But the company is nowhere near out of the woods yet.
In the last week alone Samsung has recalled about 2.5 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices because of numerous exploding incidences.
Samsung has blamed one of its battery suppliers for the spontaneous explosion of its Note 7.
If that hasn’t got your attention yet (and you fly frequently) than the news of why FAA hasn’t banned Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will certainly interest you.
For clarity’s sake, no, The FAA has not decided whether it should disallow Galaxy Note 7 device on planes.
So if you would like to take your Galaxy Note 7 on the plane with you, then you can. For now.
But while the bigwigs at the FAA contemplate on Note 7’s predicament, Gizmodo took the opportunity to reach out to the FAA, TSA, and some United States airlines and asked them whether they were planning to restrict Note 7 devices from boarding future flights.
The FAA responded to some of the questions and said that it was the authority was still working on exploring Note 7’s exploding issue.
But the FAA further added that no final decision had been made yet.
If, and it’s a big if, the FAA decides to officially recall all battery-powered smartphone devices like the Note 7 then that could result in the devices not being allowed on all future flights.
A FAA spokesperson told reporters that the FAA and the Pipeline and hazardous Materials Safety Administration were continuously working on guidance related to the exploding smartphone issue.
He also told Gizmodo through email that if the device was recalled by the manufacturer then the airline crew and passengers would not be able to bring the faulty batteries along with any other related electronic devices which might be fitted with the recalled batteries in the cabin of an aircraft.
He continued and wrote that the batteries would also not be allowed to pass through in carry-on or checked baggage.
If all of this sounds a bit muddled than it’s probably because the FAA has made statements that don’t tell the reader anything new.
In other words, Samsung has already announced that the company will recall faulty Note 7 devices.
But the problem is that the South Korean company hasn’t done it in an appropriate manner. The right way to initiate a global recall of any product is to get the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on board from the beginning of the process.
Needless to say, Samsung hasn’t done that. And because of that, the FAA along with other government agencies have little to no idea about how to solve the problem at hand.
For what it’s worth, Samsung managed to sell around 1 million Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone devices across the world since the product’s launch in August.
As revealed before, the company has recalled about 2.5 million Note 7’s which have been produced but not sold.
Now even though Samsung has recalled all devices, there are still some retail stores in the United States that are selling Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
The reason is, again, that Samsung didn’t even begin the official recall with US Consumer Product Safety Commission on board.
As of now, no major United States based airline has announced any plans to ban Note 7 smartphones.
Gizmodo was told by several airlines (Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and American Airlines) that, in the short term, none of them had any plans to boot out Note 7 from their future flights.
It is safe to assume that any ban from the FAA would be immediately observed by all US based airlines.
The FAA has a reasonable track record of banning any piece of equipment that the authority deems unsuitable. Recently it banned hoverboards (essentially scooters which could auto-balance themselves) that contained batteries which exploded because of issues such as overheating.
Of course, a similar ban on Samsung Galaxy Note 7 would not be very practical and perhaps may very well be impossible since authorities will have to check each and every phone’s model and make.