The Samsung Note7 chapter may have been concluded by the company but its troubles continue to have impacts on the industry. A new report has revealed that the government of South Korea is on the verge of declaring a new set of security regulations which will make it compulsory for smartphone OEMs to report explosions or accidents and inspect the matter as soon as they happen.
An anonymous official of The Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy of South Korea mentions that it took Samsung about ten days to report the first incident caused by the Note7’s faulty hardware. “At the time, there were no timeframe requirements in notifying the authorities,” the source familiar with the matter said. In order to avoid these circumstances in the future, the government has decided to declare such guidelines.
“When the new rules come into effect, phone makers will also have to immediately launch an investigation right after the submission of the report — to prove if the fires or explosions were caused by flawed parts or external force,” he added further. The ministry is expected to publicize these new rules on this month’s 6th, however, they won’t be implemented anytime soon, after a year most probably. That’s mainly because the department will be holding several discussions with manufacturers and industry experts to finalize the directives.
Furthermore, the government will be also presenting outcomes from an official investigation into the Note7 failure they conducted along with a native Korea test laboratory. Of course, the results are likely to be similar to the reports Samsung announced a couple of days back along with third party laboratories, including Underwriters Laboratories and Exponent. The Note7 catastrophe was the consequence of battery malfunctions occurring in both suppliers’ case.
Smartphone OEMs definitely need to upgrade their QA labs as 2016 wasn’t at all, healthy for mobile batteries from the Samsung Note7 bursting into flames and Apple’s iPhone 6S shutting down. We expect these regulations to become more severe over time, and expand to various other regions soon.