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Exploding Samsung Washing Machine Class Action

This class action alleges that certain models of Samsung top-loading washing machines have a design defect that literally can cause the machine to explode or at the least cause the bin to dislodge.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a warning about certain top-loading Samsung washing machines after reports that some exploded  The CPCS stated it  working with Samsung on a remedy.  It is still unclear but the problem may be in many units sold between March 2011 to April 2016.

Several consumers have brought a class action lawsuit.  One plaintiff, Melissa Thaxton, alleges that on  April 8, 2016 her running machine literally exploded.  There were wires, nuts, blots all over the room.  She was standing next to the running machine when it exploded.

One theory is that there is a design defect that can cause one of the stabilizing rods to disengage.  A rod acts like shocks on a car's suspension.  A standard top-loading laundry washer uses a set of four rods that cushion the rapid spinning motion of the internal drum. If one of these rods were to suddenly disengage, it could cause the explosions.

Samsung seems to admit a problem.  In a statement it state “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.”

The CPSC and Samsung today are advising consumers to use only the delicate cycle when washing bedding and bulky items. They say the lower speed lessens the risk of impact injuries or property damage from the washing machine’s becoming dislodged.

This class action alleges the design defect violates state consumer protection laws.

Article Type: Lawsuit
Topic: Consumer
No case events.
Tags: Defective Product, Washer