CPSC Issues Warning Over Exploding Samsung Washing Machines

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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — First it was Samsung smart phones and now there are reports parts of some Samsung washing machines have exploded.

U.S. regulators are warning owners of certain Samsung washing machines about “safety issues”.

The issue affects some top loading machines made between March of 2011 and April of this year.

Samsung says in rare cases, the units may experience abnormal vibrations when washing bedding and other bulky items.

Samsung’s washing machine woes follow an expansive recall tied to overheating and exploding batteries in some of the company’s popular Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commmission is working with Samsung to address the washing machine safety concerns.

“It is important to note that Samsung customers have completed hundreds of millions of loads without incident since 2011,” Samsung said in a statement. “CPSC and Samsung are working on a remedy for affected consumers that will help ensure that there are no further incidents. We will provide updated information to the public as soon as possible,” the statement said.

The company recommends consumers with affected machines wash bedding, bulky or water-resistant items using a “lower speed delicate cycle.”

Samsung could not provide model numbers of affected units. Front Load Washers are not affected.

To verify if your unit is involved, click here, and enter your washing machine’s 15-digit serial number and then select “Check”. The serial number can be located on the rear of the washing machine.


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