"Just does not sound like enough testing was done before release."
It is cheaper for a manufacturer to do a 100% test on the design than it is to do a 100% test on production.
Too often, a design is virtually 100% perfect, but then it goes to the factory for production. Sometimes the factory foreman is trying to cut production costs as much as possible, and sometimes it boils down to one item like epoxy sealant. Instead of using five drops, maybe they use only one drop. Or, sometimes the epoxy didn't get mixed up right, so they get five drops of Part A only. If the pot life of the epoxy is wrong, they get five drops of stuff that has already set up.
To get it right, it takes continuous sampling on production, and the factory foreman who is trying to keep up with the schedule at all costs gets fired.
Yes, I think I will take a 'wait and see' stance toward more Easton stakes until this washes out.