Samsung is suspending production of the Galaxy Note 7 after a number of replacement phones — those that Samsung claimed were safe after a recall — caught fire and sent at least one person to the hospital. The report comes from the Korean news agency Yonhap. The New York Times corroborates the news citing a person familiar with the production stoppage. The halt in production is said to be in cooperation with safety regulators in the US, China, and Korea, according to Yonhap.
The news comes in the middle of the second Presidential debate in the United States, making it appear like a incredibly opportunistic news dump — however, it is early Monday morning in Korea where Samsung is headquartered. It’s also possible that Samsung’s top management addressed the issue first thing Monday morning.
At least five replacement Note 7 phones caught fire in the US alone this week, and several of Samsung’s carrier partners announced they would stop selling the phones entirely.