More bad news as Samsung recalls 2.8m washing machines in US

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More bad news as Samsung recalls 2.8m washing machines in US

Samsung Electronics, already reeling from a global recall of its Note 7 smartphones, said on Friday it would recall about 2.8 million top-load washing machines in the United States following reports of injuries.

The top of the washing machines can unexpectedly detach from the chassis during use, posing a risk of injury from impact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The South Korean tech company has received nine reports of injuries, including a broken jaw, an injured shoulder and other fall-related injuries, the agency said.

Samsung has received 733 reports of excessive vibration in the washing machines or the top detaching from the chassis.

The recall involves 34 models of top-load washing machines made between March 2011 and November 2016 and costing US$450-$1,500.

The top of the affected washing machines could separate when a high-speed spin cycle is used for washing bedding, water-resistant or bulky items, Samsung said.

Samsung Electronics Australia issued a statement that confirmed the top loader washing machines being recalled in North America are not available in Australia.

"Samsung Electronics Australia is not aware of any confirmed cases of this issue involving top loader models sold or supplied in Australia," according to the company.

Samsung Australia said it will continue to undertake due diligence with regard to this issue.

Australian consumers that have questions regarding the issue are instructed to call the vendor's product safety hotline on 1800 239 655.

Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, scrapped its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last month after failing to resolve safety concerns.

It had announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in early September following numerous reports of the phones catching fire.
 

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