Sam­sung wash­ing ma­chines ‘ex­plode’

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Sam­sung has con­firmed it is in talks with US con­sumer watch­dogs af­ter a law­suit against the firm over “ex­plod­ing” wash­ing ma­chines.

The Con­sumer Prod­uct Safety Com­mis­sion warned of prob­lems with some of Sam­sung’s top-load ma­chines.

It comes as a US law firm filed a suit against the South Korean firm, say­ing the fault can lead to in­jury or dam­age.

The prob­lems fol­low Sam­sung’s global re­call of its Note 7 smart­phone over “ex­plod­ing” bat­ter­ies.

Both Sam­sung and the CPSC said that cer­tain top-load­ing wash­ing ma­chines from March 2011 to April 2016 were af­fected.

“In rare cases, af­fected units may ex­pe­ri­ence ab­nor­mal vi­bra­tions that could pose a risk of per­sonal in­jury or prop­erty dam­age when wash­ing bed­ding, bulky or wa­ter­re­sis­tant items,” Sam­sung said on its web­site.

The com­pany ad­vises con­sumers with af­fected mod­els to use the lower-speed del­i­cate cy­cle when wash­ing those ma­te­ri­als. Sam­sung does not name the mod­els, but al­lows cus­tomers to en­ter the se­rial num­ber to see whether their ma­chine is among those af­fected. The firm also faces a suit from a US law firm which al­leges that some of its “top-load­ing wash­ing ma­chines ex­plode in own­ers’ homes,” lead­ing to po­ten­tial in­jury or dam­age, ac­cord­ing to at­tor­ney Ja­son Licht­man.

“Users have reported Sam­sung top-load wash­ers ex­plod­ing as early as the day of in­stal­la­tion, while other own­ers have seen their ma­chines ex­plode months or even more than a year af­ter pur­chase,” the firm said in a state­ment.

The faulty wash­ing ma­chines come right as Sam­sung is in the midst of a global re­call of its flag­ship smart­phone Gal­axy Note 7.

The com­pany was forced to urge 2.5 mil­lion phones to be re­turned be­cause of faulty bat­ter­ies caus­ing some phones to catch fire and users re­port­ing “ex­plod­ing de­vices”.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Malta

© PressReader. All rights reserved.