Samsung’s latest headache: exploding washing machines

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 smartphone recall was a serious blow for the manufacturer; now a voluntary recall of 2.8 million Samsung washing machines has been issued in the US.

 

The recall comes as a result of Samsung receiving over 700 reports that the machine lids on some of its top loading washers detach under “excessive vibration” leading to potential injuries.

 

The recall affects 34 different models of top-loading washing machine models sold in the US between March 2011 to November 2016. Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Elliot Kaye has called the potential hazard ‘very serious’ as there is a risk of the top of these washing machines ‘completely blowing off’.

 

Samsung has previously experienced problems with its top-loading washing machines in Australia, following reports that some had caught fire during normal use.

 

So far, this current bought of washing-machine-related malfunctions has resulted in nine reported injuries, including a broken jaw and an injured shoulder.

 

Samsung announced a $3.38 billion drop in its operating profit for the third quarter of 2016 compared to the same period last year due to recent issues, and this gap may very well widen following the latest product errors.

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