U.S. warns Samsung washing machine owners after explosion reports
U.S. regulators on Wednesday warned owners of certain top-loading Samsung washing machines of "safety issues" following reports that some have exploded.
The warning, from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, covered machines made between March 2011 and April 2016. It did not specify a model.
The commission suggested people use only the delicate cycle to wash bedding and water-resistant and bulky items because the lower spin speed "lessens the risk of impact injuries or property damage due to the washing machine becoming dislodged."
The agency said it is working with Samsung on a remedy.
The warning comes more than a month after Samsung was hit with a federal class-action lawsuit by customers who said their machines had exploded during use.
Customers in Texas, Georgia and Indiana all said they were washing clothes when they heard a violent boom.
A washer belonging to a McAllen, Texas, woman "exploded with such ferocity that it penetrated the interior wall of her garage," according to court filings. A woman in Dallas, Georgia, said it felt and sounded as if "a bomb went off."