Samsung Washers Under Scrutiny For Possible Explosion Risk


Decatur – Samsung is reporting it is in active discussions with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission over potential safety issues with some of its top-loading washing machines. 

ABC News is reporting the issue involves some units manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016 exploding.

Samsung says customers can go to its website and enter a serial number to see if a particular washing machine is involved:

Samsung issued a statement regarding the washing machines on Wednesday:

“In rare cases, affected units may experience abnormal vibrations that could pose a risk of personal injury or property damage when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant items.

Samsung is recommending that consumers with affected models use the lower speed delicate cycle when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant materials. There have been no reported incidents when using this cycle.

It is important to note that Samsung customers have completed hundreds of millions of loads without incident since 2011.”

ABC News says 21 people have made reports stating the machines have exploded or blown apart.  A lawsuit has also been filed in federal court in New Jersey against Samsung.

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