Recalls and traceability

There have been a lot of product recalls in a wide variety of industries over the past decade.  The Samsung recall is a bit different. It is huge and it can really, really hurt someone. Yet, on the surface you would think that it would have been made to be at least quite limited if not avoidable.

Just look at the numbers, a few hundred incidents with millions in use. Now look at the potential causes, battery chemistry and battery construction.  This may turn out to be a problem caused by more than one factor but it does seem that traceability of batches of batteries to the phones they were installed in would have saved Samsung a few billion dollars and their reputation.

Could this happen to you?  Time to review what’s happening in your supply chain?