Samsung recalls 2.8 million ‘explosive’ washers due to injury risk – ExtremeTech


Earlier this fall, we covered news that Samsung might have to recall several million top-loading washing machines due to injury risks associated with the company’s hardware. Now, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a major recall across 34 different types of washing machine, affecting an estimated 2.8 million washers in the US. The washers affected are all top loaders and they all have either rear controls or mid controls.

The problem with the washers is that they lose balance in certain types of heavy loads, or if there’s excessive vibration. This results in the top of the machine detaching in some cases. While this isn’t technically an explosion, you can forgive people for using the word — the top of the washer can be flung clear of the machine or simply destroyed, but the shower of mechanical parts and possibly fire doesn’t exactly look like a minor failure.


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Affected machines were sold in the United States between 2011 and the present day, and Samsung has created a webpage detailing how it’s going to respond to the problem.

Samsung recommends that all owners use the delicate or waterproof cycles when washing all bedding, water-resistant, or bulky items. In addition, owners may want to remove the Galaxy Note 7 that was surreptitiously installed on the underside of the washer top to avoid the risk of explosion or fire. Okay, we made that last part up, but Samsung’s corporate image has taken a beating of late. Between the major product recalls and controversies regarding its union-busting practices, 2016 isn’t going to go down as one of the company’s better years.

This recall only applies to top-loading washers, as mentioned above. Front-loading machines are not affected. The company has received nine reports of significant injury, including a broken jaw and injured shoulder, and 733 reports of excessive vibration or complete top detachment without a resulting injury. Given the force involved, property damage is also a clear possibility.


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