By Molly Merson
News and Feature Editor
The Samsung Galaxy Note7 has sparked some concern among consumers – literally The lithium-ion battery found in this and other smartphones have been catching fire.
In late August, a Galaxy Note7 exploded while charging. This was followed by an explosion of similar reports. The phones seemed to erupt in flames while charging, which posed a great danger to users.
Samsung recalled the device in early September after several reports of this incident. They then later released a new issue of the phone. Approximately one million phones were returned. Those who purchased the first release of the phone could now trade it in for an upgraded Note7 or a Galaxy S7.
However, these new versions of the phone were quite explosive as well.
As of October 15, all versions of the phone has been banned on all flights by The Department of Transportation. “If passengers attempt to travel by air with their Samsung Galaxy Note7 devices, they will be denied boarding.”, DOT said “The Samsung Galaxy Note7 device is considered a forbidden hazardous material under the Federal Hazardous Material Regulations.”
The Note7 poses such a hazardous threat that it has been banned from Amtrak trains as well. DOT advisors believe the phone is too dangerous to allow onboard, as it could explode and start a fire.
Consumers are being offered up to $100 credit if they exchange their Note 7 device for another Samsung smartphone. If they wish to receive cash back for their device, they can receive up to $25. Samsung urges customers to return their devices for new ones to avoid any additional incidents.
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