In wake of the global recall by Samsung for the Galaxy Note 7, mass transit agencies in the Tristate area have placed restrictions the smartphone due to the chance of the lithium battery overheating and catching fire. This is in addition to the Federal Aviation Administration instructing passengers to not turn the phones on while on a flight and to not store them in carryon luggage.
The MTA announced that commuters and employees should not turn on the potentially dangerous phones while on buses and subways, or in subway stations. There have been no incidents of the phones catching fire on any forms of mass transit, and the MTA would like to keep it that way. The agency has also warned against plugging the Galaxy Note 7 into the charging stations on the new fleet of buses being rolled out across the city. A spokesperson for the MTA cited the already existing ban on flammable and hazardous material across the system. The same issue with the lithium batteries led to the MTA placing a ban on hover boards on all trains and buses, just like the FAA.
New Jersey Transit has also asked riders not to turn on the problematic Samsung phones on any buses or trains, including light rail. Passengers are also being asked not to turn the phones on while waiting in any New Jersey Transit facility. There has been no indication from the Long Island Rail Road or Metro North if they will issue the same recommendations.
As more reports of exploding smartphone batteries surface along with additional warnings and restrictions, consumers have continued cause for concern. Not knowing if a product most people have with them at all times will cause a serious injury at any moment is a scary situation. If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective product, you need attorneys who will not back down from big companies and manufactures. Call the experienced and knowledgeable lawyers at Finz & Finz, P.C., today.