South Korean smartphone manufacturer, Samsung, has been granted a special Hazardous permit from the US Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA). This permit is slated to allow Samsung to ship over 137,000 unopened Galaxy Note 7 smart phones.
Interestingly, Samsung has already been granted two permits to transport the potentially hazardous devices. One was issued on September 7 and the other on September 15. However, this is just a small part of the 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smart phones that need to be transported back to Samsung’s locations.
“PHMSA will coordinate enforcement activities with CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) to ensure the recalled devices are appropriately handled based on regulations and any Special Permit(s) issued,” said a PHMSA representative.
According to the latest permit, Samsung isn’t allowed to fly the devices and must use a “quantity-limited, thermally insulated outer package designed to contain fire or smoke.” Analysts have predicted a $2 billion in costs and consumer trust with this unprecedented recall....