Question-- what timeframes exactly are you addressing in your "as of late" comments?
Seagate Barracuda 3TB (ST3000DM001) failure rates are definitely atrocious, but most of our deployments were circa 2011 or 2012 for those, so the ST3000DM001 is far enough in the past, it's is no longer a relevant model for our production.
Just curious what timeframes you're looking at.
Major auto makers are doing this the past few years, actually. To replace simple parts often requires you have the factory tool to reset the ECM, PCM, TCM, etc. to accept the new part. It's not quite as atrocious as forcing you to take it back to the dealer, but independent shops have been forced to buy the factory diagnostic tools to do a proper ECM/PCM/TCM/etc. reset. Plus they're now applying for and receiving design patents on a lot of parts, so 3rd party makers can't make alternatives (at least not immediately).