Turns out that Samsung top loading washing machines are the bomb... but not in the “cool” vernacular way. More than a few have literally exploded. Samsung is investigating the situation according to the company’s website. Sadly for Samsung they’ve also had to recall Galaxy Note 7's over explosion fears.
The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning to consumers.
ABC has reported two incidents of different models exploding sending nuts, bolts, plastic, and gushing water everywhere. In total, 21 incidents have been reported since early 2015 and two of those people are suing Samsung.
There does not appear to be much of a consensus on which models -affected washing machines are the top-loading variety and were manufactured over the last five years (2011-2015).
“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. 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” the note reads.
While they are investigating, Samsung is not taking responsibility. They’re urging anyone who uses their washing machines to use a delicate spin cycle when loading in bedding, bulky or any water resistant items. And, in all fairness, consumers have completed millions of washes safely without incident the past five years.
To find your washing machine model head to this Samsung support page.
While the CPSC’s investigation continues, Samsung is recalling as many as a million U.S. Galaxy Note 7s for explosion fears. However, it may not even have helped, as there is a report of ‘safe’ Note 7 smartphones having similar exploding issues.