For all intents and purposes, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 was doomed from the start. Working under the assumption that Apple’s iPhone 7 was going to be a boring upgrade, Samsung reportedly rushed development of the Note 7 in an ill-fated effort to steal some of Apple’s thunder.
In reality, Samsung shipped a device to market that was not just faulty, but flat-out dangerous. Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen an inordinate number of reports involving Galaxy Note 7 devices catching fire and exploding. In the process, we’ve seen Note 7 devices utterly destroy cars and even burn down a house.
Samsung tried to alleviate the problem by issuing a worldwide recall and handing out replacement units. But with a growing number of reports involving replacement Note 7 units exploding, not to mention Samsung caught trying to cover up such stories, the Korean based company was ultimately forced to halt Galaxy Note 7 production completely.
The halt is in cooperation with consumer safety regulators from South Korea, the United States and China, the official said on the condition of anonymity.
“This measure includes a Samsung plant in Vietnam that is responsible for global shipments (of the Galaxy Note 7),” the official said.
Samsung hasn’t issued an official comment on the matter but we’ll update this post once one becomes available. Earlier today, however, Samsung did say that it’s working “working diligently with authorities and third party experts” to figure out why its replacement Note 7 units are still prone to catching fire and exploding.
“Even though there are a limited number of reports, we want to reassure customers that we are taking every report seriously,” Samsung said in a statement provided to The Verge. “If we determine a product safety issue exists, Samsung will take immediate steps approved by the CPSC to resolve the situation.”