Samsung Stops Making Galaxy Note 7s As More Phones Ignite

SEOUL, South Korea (CBSNewYork/AP) — Samsung Electronics says it is stopping production of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, a day after it halted global sales of the star-crossed devices.

The South Korean company said in a regulatory filing Tuesday that it has made a final decision to stop production for the sake of consumer safety.

Samsung is struggling to regain consumer trust after a first round of recalls. The company stopped selling the device after finding that even the supposedly safer replacements it was providing for recalled Note 7 phones were catching fire.

Transit officials have issued travel advisories on using the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on public transportation. (Credit: CBS2)

Transit officials have issued travel advisories on using the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones on public transportation. (Credit: CBS2)

U.S. consumer safety officials said they’re investigating five incidents of fire or overheating since the company announced the recall last month.

Earlier this month, authorities had to evacuate a Southwest Airlines flight when a replacement phone began emitting smoke and making “popping” noises after it was turned off.

In another incident, a Kentucky man wrote in a Facebook post that his replacement phone caught fire and he posted photos that he said showed the damaged phone.

The company said Monday that consumers with original Note 7 devices or replacements they obtained after the recall should turn off the power and seek a refund or exchange them for different phones.

AT&T said last week that it will stop giving consumers replacement Note 7s because of the reports. Sprint said customers can exchange their replacement Note 7 phones for any other device while the situation is being investigated.

South Korean media reported Monday that Samsung’s factories stopped making the fire-prone phones but Samsung insisted it was making production adjustments to improve inspections and quality control.

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