LOS ANGELES — Tech products have failed and gone through recalls before, only to live another day. Not so with the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.
Samsung's decision to stop producing the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 "phablet" due to exploding batteries is unprecedented, says Tim Bajarin, an analyst with Creative Strategies, who has been covering tech since the 1980s.
"No tech product has had this kind of massive recall, based on a faulty design, and then got killed," he says.
Hoverboards, those little stand-up scooters without a handle, introduced at the end of 2015, also contained lithium-ion batteries that set off fires. But the manufacturers fixed the problem and many went back on the market. Amazon's e-store is chock full of hoverboards that tout their new safety and are available for purchase.
The product most similar to the Note 7 disaster is the Ford Pinto, the once popular car now remembered for gas tanks that exploded in flames after collisions. The model was first recalled in 1978, and the car stopped production in 1980. Ford was also battling several lawsuits at the time from families that either died or were injured from the Pinto.