Samsung alongside the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is recalling 2.8 million top loading washing machines after reports of about 730 exploding. Many more reportedly fell apart due to excessive vibration, and there have been 9 serious injuries so far as a result. While none of these injures were fatal, they have varied from broken jaws to shoulders and backs being slammed by machine doors being blown off. One woman was nearly injured with her 4-year-old son in her arms and described the sound akin to a bomb going off beside her. Production for affected machines has been completely halted, while the class action lawsuit filed in August alleges that Samsung knew of the complication for years. The recall affects 34 models sold from March 2011 to November 2016.
This recall is not an isolated incident and heels off the one from April of 2013, where 150,000 washing machines were recalled when some caught fire while in use. A more recent event making news is Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone recalls due to chemicals in the ion battery causing the phone to combust due to allegedly unknown pressure from plates in the battery case. The plates inside, when under pressure, cause opposing poles to touch and overheat, which then react with the chemicals. All who own faulty Samsung products have been offered free repair, refund, rebate, or exchange in the U.S.
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