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Beware: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding Now Too

Dave Parrack 29-09-2016

It’s fair to say Samsung isn’t having a good month. September began with the Korean company recalling every single Galaxy Note 7 handset ever manufactured Samsung Recalls the Galaxy Note 7, Google Kills Project Ara... [Tech News Digest] Samsung recalls the Galaxy Note 7 over faulty batteries, Google shelves Project Ara, Apple is removing dysfunctional apps from iTunes, Instagram adds pinch-to-zoom, and why YouTubers are freaking out right now. Read More due to some batteries exploding. And September is ending with reports of Samsung washing machines also exploding.


The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is investigating claims that Samsung washing machines are experiencing “safety issues”. These “issues” affect “certain top-load washing machines made between March 2011 and April 2016”.

This investigation comes just a few months after a class-action lawsuit was filed by owners of Samsung washing machines.

As reported by Law360 in March, Suzann Moore and Michelle Soto Fielder claim Samsung “exposed them to unreasonable harm and unjustly received their money by selling them brand-new washing machines that exploded violently in their homes just a few years later, causing significant damage”.

Is Your Samsung Washing Machine Affected?

Samsung has admitted there is a problem with some models, issuing an official statement saying, “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 water-resistant items.”


In light of this, Samsung is advising customers who own the affected models to use “the lower speed delicate cycle when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant materials”. Everyone in the U.S. who owns a Samsung washing machine should check to see whether their model is affected.

Having one product exploding in people’s faces is bad enough, but Samsung is now facing a second safety crisis. Which really isn’t going to do the company any favors in terms of customer satisfaction and brand awareness Dodgy MacBooks & Scratched iPhones: Is Apple King of Customer Support? Misplaced brand loyalty – or brand disloyalty as it sometimes manifests itself – is a game I gave up on long ago. Speaking from experience, buying or ignoring a certain company’s products “just because” without... Read More .

Do you own any Samsung products? Or even one of their washing machines? Is this duo of safety issues affecting what you think of the Samsung brand? And are you likely to think twice before buying a Samsung product in the future? Whatever your thoughts, please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Libby Peterson
    December 28, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I have this washing machine. I have not been contacted by Samsung about this potentially deadly exploding issue. I make sure that my spin cycle is never above the "medium" setting. I would rather spin cycle on "medium" twice than deal with an exploding machine. I've not heard anything more about this possible issue and that upsets me. What is Samsung doing to fix this problem and of notifying its consumers about this problem?