As of this week, hundreds of Samsung’s testers were still unable to reproduce explosions for the replacement devices. By then, it was too late. On Tuesday, in an unprecedented move, the company said it was killing the Galaxy Note 7 entirely.
The move does not end the questions facing Samsung. It still has not disclosed what specifically caused the Note 7s to smoke and catch fire — or even whether it knows what the problem was. The electronics giant’s reputation and finances are under pressure, and it may face questions about the safety of its other products and whether it cuts corners in producing kitchen appliances and washing machines.
Samsung has received at least 92 reports of Note 7 batteries overheating in the United States, with 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, according to information posted by the…