I'll bet that before the Internet the same manufacturers had the same teething problems but no one ever heard about it. You had a problem, you sent it back. The only people who knew were members of your pistol club.
Kimber's problem is that they bring out so many different guns, and each has to have its problems solved. This, I am convinced, it part of Kimber's marketing policy. While Colt has 4 or 5 autos shown in the "annual" magazine catalogs, Kimber has 15 or so. So Kimber gets all this free ad space because of the number of weapons they make.
And they get shelf space too. The dealer is going to carry 1/3 of their models, then they will have twice as many guns as any of the other manufacturers.
I think of them as a diner. Too many things on the menu; none of them are done great; some are pretty good.