Samsung seems to be jinxed lately as a some of its devices including the latest iteration of Note series either exploded or caught fire while charging. Despite the fact that Samsung has recalled all of the Note 7 phones, the trouble is far from over. Now, in a recent turn of events, Samsung washing machines are giving away and guess what? They are catching fire too.
A report published by ABC News details how plaintiffs are grouping up and suing Samsung in a New Jersey federal court. The complaint also accuses the defective support rod that is causing the water tubs to separate and eventually damaging the wires and nuts. This issue is found on Samsung Top load washing machines manufactured between 2011 and 2016. Samsung is yet to release the list of affected washing machines but you can always punch in your serial number here and check if your machine is affected.
This is what Samsung had to say about the incident “We are in active discussions with the CPSC to address potential safety issues related to certain top-load washing machines manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016,” further adding that “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.”
Samsung further supplemented the statement with an advisory that asks the consumers to use the machine in a lower speed delicate cycle when washing bedding, bulky or water resistant materials. The logic behind this advisory according to Samsung is that “There have been no reported incidents when using this cycle.”
The U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has been closely working with Samsung to actively resolve the issue and also ensure that there are no further incidents. With a slew of Samsung Galaxy Notes exploding across the world incidents like this add fuel to the “fire.” Consumers are advised to report any such incidents to CPSC via their website. Samsung has already been served a severe blow with the Note 7 incident and this has adversely reflected on its financials with losses running into several Billion.