The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued a safety advisory on October 21, 2016, to provide notice to owners, operators, and passengers of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) of the risks and regulations associated with transporting damaged, defective, or recalled lithium powered devices, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, which was recently recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The 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; and
- Keep the device in carry-on baggage or on your person. Do not store in an inaccessible baggage compartment.
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 PHMSA's Associate Administrator for Hazardous Materials Safety.