The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a safety advisory to provide notice and information to owners, operators and passengers of commercial motor vehicles of the risks and regulations associated with transporting damaged, defective or recalled lithium cells or batteries or portable electronic devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone devices recently recalled by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
According to the CPSC, the lithium-ion battery in the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn and fire hazard. The recall affects nearly 2 million Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones.
While carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphone aboard a CMV has not been banned, FMCSA is recommending that all persons who wish to carry these devices on a CMV, including motorcoaches, take the following precautions.
Turn off the device.
Disconnect the device from any charging equipment.
Disable all applications that could inadvertently activate the phone (e.g., alarm clock).
Protect the power switch to prevent its unintentional activation.
Keep the device in carry-on baggage or on your person. Do not store in an inaccessible baggage compartment.
In accordance with the Federal Hazardous Materials Regulations 49 CFR 173.21(c), the transportation of electrical devices, such as batteries and battery-powered devices, which are likely to create sparks or generate a dangerous evolution of heat, is forbidden, unless packaged in a manner which precludes such an occurrence. The recalled Samsung Galaxy Note7 smartphones are subject to this regulatory prohibition and may only be transported by CMV as cargo under the conditions of a special permit or approval issued by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration’s Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.