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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 refurbished phone batteries recalled

Samsung phones are once again taking heat for a battery defect that could lead to fire and burn hazards. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall last week on batteries placed in approximately 10,000 refurbished AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note 4 cellphones by FedEX Supply Chain. “FedEx and Samsung have determined that some of the recalled batteries are counterfeit and show anomalies that can lead the batteries to overheat. The batteries are non-OEM, which means they were not supplied as original equipment by the phone’s manufacturer, Samsung,” according to a CPSC release. The refurbished cellphones were distributed by FedEx ... Read More

Feds Ban All Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones From Air Travel

Samsung has recalled its troubled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones and is offering customers a refund plus additional cash back if they turn in their old phones. But that doesn’t mean all Note 7 customers have stopped using the devices, which are prone to overheat and burst into flames. The prospect of people still using the incendiary Samsung phones has prompted federal regulators to issue an emergency order banning all Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from aircraft in the U.S. The U.S. Department of Transportation, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration jointly issued the emergency order ... Read More

More than 5.5M power cords recalled by Hewlett-Packard due to property damage, overheating

Hewlett-Packard (HP), the multinational information technology corporation, has announced an immense recall of nearly 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords, which have the potential to overheat and start a fire. Before the recall’s announcement, HP received word of 29 incidents involving the power cords overheating, melting or charring. As a result, two consumers reported minor burns while 13 claimed minor property damage. HP’s LS-15 AC power cord was distributed by HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers and came with other AC adapter-powered accessories. The recalled power cords are black and feature an “LS-15” molded mark on the ... Read More

FDA warns of fires associated with OTC wart removers

Some over-the-counter wart removers that work by freezing the wart have caught fire during home use, harming some people or setting fire to items around the house, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns. Since 2009, 14 complaints with cryogenic wart removers have been reported to the FDA. The products are a mixture of liquid dimethyl ether and propane, and the labels already state that they are flammable and should be kept away from fire, flame, heat sources, and cigarettes. In three of the reports, a candle was nearby, but in the other 11, the FDA says there were no other ... Read More

NHTSA launches investigation into Tesla electric car fires

A second battery fire following “undercarriage strikes” in a Tesla Model S electric car has prompted the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to launch a formal investigation. In both cases, the cars had run over debris in the roadway, which pierced the battery compartment that then caught on fire. Passengers in the cars that caught fire were able to escape and none sustained injuries, NHTSA said. “In each incident, the vehicle’s battery monitoring system provided escalating visible and audible warnings, allowing the driver to execute a controlled stop and exit the vehicle before the battery emitted smoke and fire,” the ... Read More

NHTSA investigates Mercedes E-class cars for possible fuel leak problems

More than 50 complaints from Mercedes-Benz owners about a strong odor of gasoline, mainly after refueling, has led to a federal investigation into possible fuel leaks in about 250,000 Mercedes E-Class cars. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is concerned that fuel may be leaking from the upper part of the gas tanks. No fires or injuries have been reported, however. The investigation includes vehicles from 2003 to 2008 model years. It is possible, the federal safety regulators say, that the leaks were caused by a 2008 pollution-control recall on the vehicle’s fuel filter module. The investigation was launched ... Read More

Safety of Chrysler Jeep Cherokees, Grand Cherokees, Liberty SUVs under investigation

Owners of Jeep vehicles take note: Government regulators announced this week that they are expanding an investigation into gas tank fires in Jeep Cherokees and Grand Cherokees involved in rear-end collisions. The announcement comes on the heels of news that Chrysler is expanding a recall on Jeep Liberty SUVs due to a rear suspension stability problem. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) first centered its fuel tank investigation on Jeep Grand Cherokees, model years 1993-2004. Today, the organization expanded its review to include 1993-2001 Jeep Cherokees and 2002-2007 Jeep Liberty vehicles. About 5.1 million vehicles fall into these categories, ... Read More

minimize risk of truck fire with trucking association’s guidelines

Last week we reported that the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) established a task force to investigate the causes of commercial truck fires and prescribe possible solutions. The issue has taken on a special urgency because truck fires today tend to be much more intense than they were when cabs sported utilitarian interiors that were less conducive to heat and flame. Modern cab and sleeper trim, new composites and flammable glues invite the small spark of an electrical short or the heat of two crossed wires to ignite a fire and engulf all parts of the truck ... Read More

Task Force studies why truck fires are more intense, recommends solutions

The American Trucking Associations’ Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) has established a Task Force to investigate the causes of commercial motor vehicle fires and to identify measures to prevent them. According to one electrical expert and Council contributor, Bruce Purkey of Purkey’s Fleet Electric, truck fires are especially dangerous in today’s trucks for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. “I don’t know if there are more truck fires today or just that, now, they are catastrophic when they happen,” Purkey told Heavy Duty Trucking magazine. “It used to be that when a fire happened, you’d burn up some wires and paint, ... Read More