According to the FMCSA, there have been 96 reports of Note7 batteries overheating and 13 reports of burns associated with the phone. Dozens of Samsung customers have also reported significant property damage. The problem is related to the Note7’s lithium ion battery, which can short-circuit when inner components are allowed to touch, causing highly-flammable liquid inside the battery to ignite.
The FMCSA’s safety advisory says it has not outright banned the devices on commercial vehicles, however, it advises all drivers and passengers to turn off their Note7s inside a truck, to disconnect the device from any charging equipment, to disable any applications that could activate the phone, and to keep the Note7 on the driver’s person or in an accessible bag (and not in a compartment or bag that is not easily accessible).
The Note7 has the potential to be especially dangerous for truck drivers, as there have been multiple reports of phones melting and catching fire while being charged at night. This poses a serious risk to truck operators, who often sleep in their vehicles in between shifts and may charge their phones while they’re resting.