Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphones no longer allowed on American flights

Passengers and flight crew members will not be allowed to bring their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on airline flights within, from, or to the United States under an emergency order announced on Friday, October 14. The Department of Transportation made the order in response to reports of said devices spontaneously combusting and catching fire.

The order, which took effect on October 15, disallows passengers from carrying their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones on board or in checked bags. An initial announcement had passengers thinking they would be subjected to fines if they tried to smuggle their smartphones inside their carry-on luggage. However, the DoT clarified that these passengers will simply be barred from entering airplanes.

Samsung already issued a recall for 2.5 million units of said smartphones due to a battery manufacturing error. An incident of this battery issue includes the Jeep of a family in St. Petersburg, Florida catching fire because of a Samsung Galaxy Note 7 left charging in the vehicle.

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GM settles two bellwether cases

Detroit-based automaker General Motors Co. announced on Tuesday, September 6 that it reached settlements in two lawsuits lodged against them. The plaintiffs in this case allege that they sustained serious injuries in accidents that resulted from the company’s defective ignition switches.

The settlements would cut short the trials scheduled for the automaker, which issued a public apology for a faulty automotive part held responsible for 124 fatalities and other injuries in the United States. GM also issued a recall for 2.6 million of its vehicles to remedy the issue, and it created an automatic compensation program for accident victims and their families.

One of the settled cases was that of of Virginia resident Stephanie Cockram, who said she has spent more than $100,000 in medical expenses and that she missed several days of work due to a 2011 Chevrolet Cobalt accident that gave her traumatic brain injury and a fractured vertebra.

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Kentucky to seek out defective guardrails

Kentucky’s top transportation officials say that they plan to manually identify the defective ET-Plus guardrails used in their highway systems, WDRB reported November 6.

Kentucky Department of Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock stated that an inventory of the guardrails should be conducted, but the replacement of the part in question will depend on a new series of safety testing that will be conducted by the manufacturer, Trinity Industries, shortly. A change in the guardrail design has been blamed for a series of deadly malfunctions in the safety equipment. Since Trinity failed to notify authorities of the redesign, officials have to manually check the components of each individual rail head to determine if it is defective.

A failure of safety equipment can result in devastating and costly injuries. If you have been hurt by faulty products in the market, contact our attorneys at Wilson & McQueen, PLLC in Lexington by calling our offices at (800) 953-2373.