Photo: exploded washer, via SaferProducts.gov.
By Miriam Raftery
East County News Service
October 2, 2016 (Washington D.C.) –The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning about Samsung top-loading washing machines made between March 2011 and April 2016. Some have exploded and others jolted violently, smashing holes into walls and hurling out chunks of metal and plastic, ABC news reports.
A class-action lawsuit against Samsung over the appliances is in the works. Samsung, still reeling from a recall of exploding smart phones, has thus far refused to recall the faulty washers despite numbers complaints to federal regulators.
The company has set up a set up a website for customers to check if their machines are faulty but has not released a list of defective models.
One report described the sound of an exploding Samsung washing machine as like “a bomb going off.” Others had damage to their homes. There is also potential for significant injury.
The CPSC is urging consumers to report any incidents to SaferProducts.gov.
Consumer Reports has revoked its endorsement of some Samsung washers as a result of the complaints.