MTA, NJ Transit to Riders: Turn Off Your Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Before Getting on Train or Bus

What to Know

  • Federal officials urged users last week to stop charging their Samsung Galaxy Note 7s immediately and turn them off
  • There have been at least 35 confirmed cases of the phone exploded or catching fire, Samsung said
  • The phones were pulled from shelves in 10 countries two weeks after launch over concerns about the batteries

The MTA and New Jersey Transit are both urging passengers not to use their Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile devices on its trains and buses. 

The agencies on Tuesday told passengers they should turn them off before entering a station or boarding a vehicle because of concerns the device's battery can burst into flames. 

Samsung has told owners to power them down and return them. 

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NJ Transit has not had any reported cases of the Note 7 catching fire. It's not clear if there have been any on New York city subways, buses or commuter rails, either. 

Samsung, which recalled the phones from stores in 10 countries two weeks after the product launch, said it has confirmed at least 35 such cases.

NJ Transit in February restricted customers and employees from using, charging, storing or transporting hoverboards following similar fire safety concerns.

The Federal Aviation Administration has also issued a warning about using the Samsung Galaxy Note 7s on flights. 

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