Samsung recalling nearly 3 million washing machines due to impact injury risk

Courtesy Consumer Product Safety Commission
Courtesy Consumer Product Safety Commission

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ (WCMH) — Samsung has recalled 2.8 million top-loading washing machines due to risk of impact injuries.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that the washing machine top can unexpectedly detach from the chassis during use, posing a risk of injury from impact.

This recall involves 34 models of Samsung top-load washing machines.  The washing machines have mid-controls or rear-controls. Model numbers and serial information can be found on two labels affixed to the back of the machine.

Samsung has received 733 reports of washing machines experiencing excessive vibration or the top detaching from the washing machine chassis.  There are nine related reports of injuries, including a broken jaw, injured shoulder, and other impact or fall-related injuries.

Consumers should contact Samsung immediately to receive one of the following remedy options. Consumers can choose either a free in-home repair that includes reinforcement of the washer’s top and a free one-year extension of the manufacturer’s warranty; a rebate to be applied towards the purchase of a new Samsung or other brand washing machine, along with free installation of the new unit and removal of old unit; or a full refund for consumers who purchased their washing machine within the past 30 days of the recall announcement.

MODELS:

Models
WA40J3000AW/A2 WA45H7000AP/A2 WA45H7000AW/A2
WA45H7200AW/A2 WA45K7600AW/A2 WA45K7100AW/A2
WA48H7400AW/A2 WA48J7700AW/A2 WA48J7770AP/A2
WA48J7770AW/A2 WA50K8600AV/A2 WA50K8600AW/A2
WA52J8700AP/A2 WA52J8700AW/A2 WA400PJHDWR/AA
WA422PRHDWR/AA WA456DRHDSU/AA WA456DRHDWR/AA
WA476DSHASU/A1 WA476DSHAWR/A1 WA484DSHASU/A1
WA484DSHAWR/A1 WA48H7400AP/A2 WA50F9A6DSW/A2
WA50F9A7DSP/A2 WA50F9A7DSW/A2 WA50F9A8DSP/A2
WA50F9A8DSW/A2 WA52J8060AW/A2 WA5451ANW/XAA
WA5471ABP/XAA WA5471ABW/XAA WA56H9000AP/A2
WA56H9000AW/A2

All known consumers will also receive a Home Label Kit that includes a control panel guide and additional safety instructions in the mail.

The machines were sold at Best Buy, The Home Depot, Lowes, Sears and other home appliance stores nationwide from March 2011 to November 2016 for between $450 and $1,500.

Until they have received and installed a Home Label Kit, consumers should only use the delicate or waterproof cycles when washing bedding, water-resistant and bulky items. The lower spin speed in the delicate or waterproof cycles lessens the risk of injuries.

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