Samsung recalls 2.8 million washing machines fearing safety concerns

Samsung Electronics is recalling about 2.8 million of its top-load washing machines in the United States amid safety concerns

By: Tech Desk | Published:November 4, 2016 7:21 pm
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Samsung Electronics, which is already reeling from a global recall of its Note 7 smartphones, said it would recall about 2.8 million of its top-load washing machines in the United States to address safety concerns. The top of the washing machines can unexpectedly detach from the chassis during use, posing a risk of injury from impact, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement on Friday.

The machines being recalled were manufactured between March 2011 and November 2016. Samsung received nine related reports of injuries, including a broken jaw, injured shoulder and other fall-related injuries. Samsung, the world’s top smartphone maker, is grappling with a global recall of at least 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets due to faulty batteries causing some phones to catch fire.

In an interview with Good Morning America, Elliot Kaye of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) said that these top loading washing machines from Samsung had a serious hazard of completely blowing up. There have been reportedly 700 incidents with these machines with at least nine injuries, according to the CPSC.

CPSC had also issued a statement in late September saying that the organisation was working with Samsung to address the safety issue related to 34 models of the company’s top-loading washing machines that were made between March 2011 and April of 2016.

The recall of these washing machines is another huge blow to Samsung that has already suffering through huge losses from the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, recall and eventual termination of the program.

With Reuters inputs