Samsung's explosion woes do not seem to end as some washing machines in the US made by the manufacturer are now reported to be faulty with some consumers claiming they have exploded. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), which is already helping the Korean company with its Galaxy Note 7 recall, has started investigating the matter.
The company, acknowledging the problem, has issued a statement saying: "We are in active discussions with the CPSC to address potential safety issues related to certain top-load washing machines manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016. 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."
To wash such items, the company recommends that those with top-loading models purchased between these dates use the lower speed delicate cycle as a precaution.
Apart from complaints to the company, three consumers in the US have filed suits against Samsung according to the Wall Street Journal. They have claimed that their machines suddenly exploded while being used. Among the complainants is Michelle Soto Fielder from McAllen, who says her Samsung washing machine, purchased in June 2012, exploded in February 2016 and it was so violent that a dent was formed in the wall of the garage, where the machine was installed.
This is not the first washing machine issue the company has had to deal with. In 2013, Samsung had to recall thousands of washing machines in Australia because of a possible fire hazard.
The damaging allegations come at a time when Samsung is facing the heat related to its flagship phone Galaxy Note 7 which had to be recalled due to a battery fault that caused it to explode in many cases.
Incidentally, even as the replacement process continues for the Note 7 units, some users who have received the new device are still claiming that the batteries remain faulty with signs of excess drainage and overheating.