US Government issues formal Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall


The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Samsung is recalling Galaxy Note 7 Smartphones due to serious fire and burn hazards.

Consumers should immediately stop using and power down the recalled phones, the government said.

The lithium-ion battery in the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones can overheat and catch fire, posing a serious burn hazard to consumers, officials said.

Samsung has received 92 reports of the batteries overheating in the U.S., including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, including fires in cars and a garage.

The recall involves about 1 million Galaxy Note 7 phones sold before September 15, 2016. It’s an unprecedented recall that delivers a severe blow to Samsung, which had hoped to simply issue a software update to fix the problem.

The recalled devices have a 5.7 inch screen and were sold in the following colors: black onyx, blue coral, gold platinum and silver titanium with a matching stylus. Samsung is printed on the top front of the phone and Galaxy Note7 is printed on the back of the phone.

To determine if your phone has been recalled, locate the IMEI number on the back of the phone or the packaging, and enter the IMEI number into the online registration site at or call Samsung toll-free at 844-365-6197.

If you own a Galaxy Note 7, contact your wireless carrier or place of purchase, call Samsung toll-free at 844-365-6197 anytime, or go online at

The formal recall makes it illegal to sell the devices or use them on airplanes.

In answering some questions about why it took so long for an official recall, CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye said the commission needed to wait for documentation they needed to be able to tell consumers that the recourse being offered by Samsung was legitimate.

“It’s not a recipe for a successful recall for a company to go out on their own,” Kaye said.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to or call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 or teletypewriter at 301-595-7054 for the hearing impaired.

Street Closures for UN General Assembly – September 13-26

Streets in the following area of Manhattan will be subject to closure as determined by the Police Department during the UN General Assembly session between Tuesday, September 13 and Monday, September 26.


The affected locations are:

* FDR Drive between Whitehall Street and Willis Avenue Bridge/RFK Bridge

* Area bounded by 60th Street on the north, 34th Street on the south, 1st Avenue on the east, Madison Avenue on the west, all inclusive

* 34th Street between FDR Drive and 7th Avenue

* 42nd Street between FDR Drive and 7th Avenue

* 48th Street and 49th Street between 1st Avenue and FDR Drive service road

* FDR Drive service road between 48th Street and 49th Street

* 50th Street between FDR Drive and 7th Avenue

* 51st Street between 6th Avenue and 3rd Avenue

* 52nd Street between 6th Avenue and Madison Avenue

* 53rd Street between FDR Drive and 7th Avenue

* 54th Street between 3rd Avenue and 7th Avenue

* 6th Avenue between 53rd Street and 55th Street

* 56th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue

* 57th Street between FDR Drive and 7th Avenue

* 58th Street and 59th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue


From Tuesday, September 13 through Monday, September 26 from 7 am to 8 pm the West Channel of the East River will be closed to marine traffic. Vessels will be diverted to the East Channel, between Roosevelt Island and Queens. The Roosevelt Island Bridge will therefore be intermittently closed to all vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle traffic for up to 15 minutes at a time to accommodate marine traffic.


A Moment of Silence for the Fallen on September 11

Sunday is the 15th anniversary of 9/11, when more than 3,000 people were killed in terrorist attacks in the United States.

For many Americans, the tragic events of 9/11 instill a renewed sense of patriotism and an incentive to serve others. Here are some ways that you can reflect, serve, and remember this September 11:

  • Observe a moment of silence. Many Americans observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. (Eastern Daylight Time), marking the exact moment Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center.
  • Volunteer for service. September 11 is a National Day of Service and Remembrance, when you can volunteer in your community.

Learn about what happened on 9/11. Find out what happened 15 years ago at the airplane crash sites in New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania.

Learn About Concussions, Sepsis, and Mosquito Bites

Learn About Concussions

Concussions can happen in an instant. From toddlers falling at home to teenagers participating in sports. Concussions are traumatic brain injuries that can hurt your child’s brain and may impact their development. Understanding the signs and symptoms of a brain injury may help you quickly address the situation. Learn more about concussions.

Sepsis Warning Signs

Sepsis in most cases is a medical complication due to certain infections and can lead to tissue damage, organ failure and death. It is hard to diagnose in its early stages because the symptoms can be signs of something else. It is one of the reasons why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is raising awareness about this medical emergency. Learn the symptoms of sepsis, because time matters in getting treatment. Mosquite Bite Prevention

The Zika virus continues to be a concern. If you’re traveling to Zika affected areas, protect yourself by treating your clothing with permethrin. The product can be used on clothing, shoes, bed netting and camping gear. The U.S. military has been using permethrin on combat uniforms for many years. Follow the product instructions and when done correctly, permethrin binds to certain fabrics. Do not spray directly on skin and do not over-treat clothing. Get more tips about using this pesticide. Learn more about the Zika virus.

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