Issuing a global recall for the Galaxy Note 7 is going to cost Samsung even more money than it expected.
Samsung released a statement to investors today revealing that its fiery phablet will hurt overall profits for the next two fiscal quarters, costing the company a total of $5.3 billion.
[contextly_auto_sidebar] The South Korea-based company already disclosed on Wednesday that it is projected to lose $2.3 billion in third-quarter profits. Then the company revealed today that the recall will have an additional negative impact of $3 billion through March 2017.
Multiple reports from owners of the Galaxy Note 7 revealed the device has a defect that can cause some units to burst into flames. Samsung hasn’t revealed what causes the phones to catch fire. But after replacement units of the Note 7 also blew up on planes and cars, the company finally issued a recall.
“Moving forward, Samsung Electronics plans to normalize its mobile business by expanding sales of flagship models such as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge,” Samsung said in a statement. “Additionally, the company will focus on enhancing product safety for consumers by making significant changes in its quality assurance processes.”
All production of the Note 7 has stopped. Samsung plans to basically wipe the phone out of existence, though some fans are buying Note 7 boxes as collectors items.
Customers who bought the Galaxy Note 7 can return it to their carrier or Samsung. The company even includes a flame-proof box to ship it back in.