The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a safety advisory to provide notice and information to owner, 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 smartphones recently recalled by the U.S. 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.
While carrying the Samsung Galaxy Note7 aboard a CMV by drivers and passengers has not been banned, FMCSA recommends that all persons who wish to carry these devices on a CMV, including motor coaches, 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 it 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 Note7s 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.
Read the full FMCSA safety advisory.