Samsung recalls 2.8 million washing machines

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The company launched an earlier, unrelated recall of washing machines in Australia in 2013, after authorities said an electrical problem in certain models was causing fires.

Samsung has one more fire to put out: The South Korean company announced on Friday that it was recalling 2.8 million top-load washing machines, following reports of "impact injuries" that included a broken jaw.

According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the washing machine top can unexpectedly detach from the washing machine chassis during use, posing a risk of injury from impact.

The South Korean electronics giant has been trying to reclaim nearly 2 million phones in the USA, including the Note 7s it had issued as replacements after saying it had switched battery suppliers. As people wait to fix, exchange or return affected washers, Samsung and the CPSC say they should use the delicate or waterproof cycles when washing such items.

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

The consolidated sales estimate has also been lowered by 2 trillion Korean won ($1.7 billion) to approximately 47 trillion Korean won, after the company made a decision to permanently halt sales of the troubled Note 7 device, in less than two months after its launch.

The washers can become unsafe when washing bulky items, such as comforters, which can cause the machines to vibrate violently or even burst apart. "These top-loading washers present a risk of injury when used on a high-speed spin cycle", said CPSC Chairman Elliot Kaye in a statement.

The safety commission has listed the 34 affected washing machine models, which were sold from March 2011 to November of this year.

Samsung is one of the world's leading manufacturers of home appliances, smartphones and other tech products, including batteries and memory chips.

In this recall, Samsung is offering consumers a choice between a free fix and a rebate toward a new washing machine. This is the company's third recall over the past few months, following the twin disaster that was the Galaxy Note 7.

Samsung was already dealing with a massive recall of its new Galaxy Note 7 smartphone, which was prone to exploding because of faulty batteries.



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