Samsung washing machines are the target of a warning from the Consumer Product Safety Commission after reports of explosions with some top-loading models. This follows the gigantic headache of fiery batteries in millions of the company's Galaxy Note 7 smartphones.
The washing machine warning this week came in connection with certain top-loading Samsung machines after reports that some exploded on customers in Texas, Georgia, and Indiana, according to CNN.
According to ABC News, several customers are suing Samsung in federal court in New Jersey, arguing that a support rod in the top-loading washing machine is insufficient to hold the tub in place and can become unfastened during the spin cycle.
Samsung revealed it was working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission on handling the safety-related issue with some machines built from 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," said a Samsung statement released on Wednesday.
"Samsung is recommending that consumers with affected models use the lower speed delicate cycle when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant materials. There have been no reported incidents when using this cycle. It is important to note that Samsung customers have completed hundreds of millions of loads without incident since 2011."
Melissa Thaxton, one of the plaintiffs in the federal lawsuit against Samsung, told ABC News that her washing machine exploded while standing next to it on April 8.
"It was the loudest sound," said Thaxton, adding that it happened with her 4-year-old son next to her. "It sounded like a bomb went off in my ear. There were wires, nuts, the cover actually was laying on the floor."
"I just remember covering my head and leaning towards my son and just screaming this scream that I didn't even know I could scream."
Consumer Reports said more than a dozen customer complaints about exploding Samsung washing machines led to the CPSC warning.
Earlier this month, Samsung announced a global recall of at least 2.5 million of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets due to faulty batteries causing some of the phones to catch fire, reported Reuters. The recall could cost Samsung up to $1 billion, noted Bloomberg.
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