Transport Canada issues warning for Canadians travelling with Samsung Galaxy Note 7

The warning comes just over a week after Samsung Electronics recalled all of its Galaxy Note 7 smart phones.
The warning comes just over a week after Samsung Electronics recalled all of its Galaxy Note 7 smart phones. (Photo: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo)

If you have a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and are traveling with it, be warned: the Canadian government has issued a safety advisory regarding your shiny new smart phone.

Due to potentially dangerous battery problems with the device, Transport Canada cautioned on its website, “For this reason, Transport Canada is advising air operators, passengers and crew of this safety risk and recommends that Samsung Galaxy Note 7 devices be carried in the cabin, where an incident can be immediately mitigated, and not in checked baggage. Transport Canada also strongly recommends against using or charging these devices in the cabin of an aircraft.”

The safety warning comes just over a week after Samsung Electronics recalled all of its Galaxy Note 7 smart phones, because batteries in some of the devices caught fire or exploded. Canada is not alone in cautioning residents not to use the phone while traveling, as the United States has also asked citizens to turn the phone off and leave it off.

The recall is massive: it affects about 2.5 million smart phones. News of the recall and travel advisories are followed by reports of the smart phone causing havoc.

The device has been blamed for a recent Jeep fire in Florida, a South Korean school teacher being bruised when her phone burst into flames in her bedroom, and a 6-year-old Brooklyn boy suffering burns on his body after the device allegedly exploded in his hands.

Samsung claims that, “there have been only a small number of reported incidents,” and promised that they will voluntarily exchange phones for non-faulty devices. However, just the potential for the device to malfunction by catching fire or exploding is enough of a turn-off for consumers who paid a lot of money for the smart phone.

This recall is likely a result of possible legal problems that Samsung could face globally in regards to a dangerously faulty device.

In Canada, a product manufacturer, as well as anyone else who is involved in providing the product, can be sued for negligent design, negligent manufacture and breach of the duty to warn.

Though Samsung has now taken steps to lessen their legal liability by recalling the product, it remains to be seen whether consumers, who have already experienced problems with the device, will take legal action against the company.

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