Samsung Washing Machine Warning - Potential Explosion Risk

29 September 2016
Samsung Washing Machine Warning

Headlines have been making their way around the internet over reports of Samsung washing machines exploding.

CBC Canada reports that some Samsung washing machines made between March 2011 and April 2016 can open in a violent manner if overloaded with heavier wash loads such as bedding.

Samsung stated in a release:

"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."

Affected models were sold in the U.S. and Canada and only top loading units may have this potential risk - you can check the serial number of your Samsung washing machine with this searchable database.

Recommendations have been released by Samsung for consumers to change settings on washing machine when washing the so-called high-risk items:

Wash laundry on the lower-speed delicate cycle when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant materials.

Samsung has stated that there have been no reported incidents when using this cycle.

After the massive recall of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones due to a faulty battery and recently, additional reports that some replacement Samsung Galaxy Note 7 phones have not resolved the issue, consumers may reluctant to following Samsung's current recommendations for this washing machine potential risk.

Samsung is a leading model in the appliance sector in Canada and we expect a lot of our bargainmoose readers will have these in their home. Please share this with your friends who may have this washing machine. We will keep you updated as we learn more on the situation.

We'd like to hear your thoughts and comments. Do you think Samsung's current recommendations are safe enough?

TOPICS:   News

5 comments

  • Colleen G.

    Almost had a heart attack...but mine if front loading! Phew!

  • DarioSycco

    What? Made in 2011 Samsung washing machines are still around? Doubt it.

  • sdab

    Seems like ours in one of the ones affected :s

  • Cristinaa

    Yet no official recall. I hate to be *that* customer but if anyone had done research on reviews on those machines you'd know how terrible they were. I had to stop myself countless times from buying them and remind myself of the terrible reviews. They are pretty to look at. So glad I didn't buy them. Dodged that bullet lol

    Also, Samsung's customer service for those machines... awful!

  • Tdobson

    I had one of the exploding ones and it did not happen when washing bulky items, bedding or waterproof items. It was quite scary and parts came flying out of the machine. Luckily no one was hurt but the machine did destroy the dryer beside it and left a very large hole in my wall. I had to physically turn the machine off as it did not stop on its own. Samsung has replaced the set and provided financial support to fix the wall. But the set they sent me has been operating poorly since I received them and have had to have parts replaced and the washing machine still excessively vibrates but they will do nothing further except to add 3 months on the warranty. . . which does not fix the problem with the machine. 

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