The WSJ article “What Samsung Must Do to Win Back Our Trust” published online.
Portion Sajeev Jesudas, president of UL’s consumer business is quoted:
The Note’s charging plug was certified by the UL. However, the phone wasn’t.
Should the entire smartphone get UL (or other third-party) certification, like laptops? We think so.
Sajeev Jesudas, president of UL’s consumer business, says there weren’t international safety standards for complete smartphones until relatively recently. Phones used to be considered less risky because of their low voltage.
It would take three to four weeks for UL to certify a full phone, he says—a relatively long time in the fast-moving world of smartphones. (UL is now involved, along with others, in helping Samsung investigate the Note 7 problems.)
Mr. Jesudas says he’s confident smartphone batteries can be made safe if manufacturers take the right steps. “Consumers can feel safe if things are being tested to an international standard by third-party organizations,” he says.