Samsung Stops Producing Galaxy Note 7 After Fires, Explosions
The FAA had moved to ban the device.
Samsung has discontinued the Galaxy 7, its flagship smartphone, after a faulty battery caused the device to catch on fire or explode in several highly publicized incidents, the Guardian reported.
News of the permanent halt in production came after Samsung had already issued a global recall for the devices and urged customers who still had them in their possession to turn them off.
“If it’s once, it could be taken as a mistake. But for Samsung, the same thing happened twice with the same model so there’s going to be a considerable loss of consumer faith,” Greg Roh at HMC Investment Securities told the Guardian.
Most recently, a Galaxy 7 caused an evacuation on a Southwest airlines flight Wednesday after it started smoking during preparation for take off at Louisville International Airport in Kentucky. Consumers reported 35 incidents of the Galaxy 7 exploding or causing fires following the first three weeks of its release.
“In light of recent incidents and concerns raised by Samsung about its Galaxy Note 7 devices, the Federal Aviation Administration strongly advises passengers not to turn on or charge these devices on board aircraft and not to stow them in any checked baggage,” the FAA wrote in its statement.