Samsung Note7The United States’ Department of Transportation issued a ban preventing any Samsung Galaxy Note7 device from being brought onboard aircraft. The emergency ban goes into effect Saturday, October 15, and continues indefinitely. Several important provisions of the ban include:

  • Passengers may not transport a Note7 device on their person, in carry-on luggage, or in checked baggage;
  • The ban applies to passengers traveling to the United States from foreign countries as well as travelers flying within the United States;

Passengers who do attempt to fly with a Note7 device in contravention of the ban may face criminal prosecution.

The ban comes after Samsung recalled all Note7 devices following incidents in which Note7 devices would inexplicably catch fire. Samsung also recalled replacement Note7 devices sent out to owners who had returned their original Note7 device due to the fire danger after some of these replacement devices also caught fire.

The Problem with the Note7

Defective products like the Note7 typically have one of three types of defects:

  • Design defects, in which some aspect of the product’s design, component parts, or features make the product dangerous;
  • Manufacturing defects, which occur when a product is not assembled according to design and this variance makes the product dangerous; and
  • Warning defects, wherein the product does not contain sufficiently-clear warnings to alert customers to the ordinary dangers the product poses.

When an entire product line exhibits the same problem or danger (such as when a number of Note7 devices all catch fire), chances are good that the defect is one involving the design of the product. To prove such a defect does in fact exist, a person injured by a design defect will likely need to consult with one or more engineers or other experts and have these individuals available to testify at trial. The injury victim will need to establish through these experts’ testimony that, using reasonable methods and measures, the product could have been designed or built with safer materials that would have reduced or eliminated the danger of the product.

What to Look for in a Product Liability Attorney

When looking for an attorney to present your claim for damages after you or a loved one have been injured by a defective product, you will want an attorney with the resources and connections to have the allegedly-defective product evaluated by one or more appropriate expert witness. The Riverside product liability firm of Heiting & Irwin is just such a firm. We have years of experience representing clients injured by defective and dangerous products. Our firm’s knowledge and resources are used to help our clients resolve their product liability cases efficiently.

If you have been injured by a defective product, bring the product (or what remains of it, if you can safely do so) to Heiting & Irwin. We will thoroughly investigate your claim and advise you of your legal rights. Contact our firm today at (951) 682,6400, or contact our firm online, to discuss your injury case today.


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