Now that these plasma panels are thinner and larger than before, they are more susceptible to stress.
The stress comes from all over: on top of shipping/handling stress, there's also thermal stress as your panel heats up and cools down during everyday use.
This is a design flaw, no question about it.
The worst thing, even though a set survived shipping/handling and is now hanging on the wall intact, it might self-destruct at any time due to now thermal stress thrown in the mix.
Makes me re-think my Samsung plasma purchasing plans.