Samsung has announced that it is permanently ending production of its Galaxy Note7 smartphone amid reports that replacement phones issued as a result of last month’s recall are also exploding. The South Korean giant announced the massive recall of more than 2.5 million of the phones after several of them reportedly exploded due to overheating batteries.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Samsung has received at least 92 reports of overheating batteries in Note7s in the U.S. alone. There have been at least 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage.
Samsung began delivering replacement Note7s as a result of the recall with batteries sourced from a separate supplier. However, reports have surfaced that even these replacement phones are exploding. While the Consumer Product Safety Commission is working on a second recall of the replacement phones, Samsung has announced that it is permanently halting production.
The New York Times reports that Samsung’s engineers were unable to determine the cause of the explosions in the new phones. Hundreds of testers have reportedly been unable to reproduce the explosions. The Times also reports that Samsung testers have been hampered by Samsung’s instructions not to communicate about the testing by email, fearing that the emails might be subject to discovery in a lawsuit.