On September 28, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a statement warning the public about “safety issues” with Samsung top-loading washing machines. No exact models are mentioned in either the CPSC or Samsung statement, but they both state that they are working together “to address safety issues related to certain top-load washing machines made between March 2011 and April 2016.”
A federal class-action lawsuit has been filed against Samsung relating to the defective washing machines that cause a risk of personal injury or property damage. The lawsuit alleges that Samsung knew about the problems with its washing machines, eleven models in total, but did little to warn consumers.
According to a Washington Post article, “Samsung knowingly, affirmatively and actively misrepresented and concealed the true character, quality and nature of the washing machines and sold the washing machines into the stream of commerce as if they were safe for use.”
The plaintiffs, three women from Texas, Indiana and Georgia, included in their demand the immediate release of a safety warning regarding the washing machine models in question. More than a month later, the statements were released.
In addition to releasing a consumer warning, the lawsuit also urges Samsung to issue a national recall, discontinue manufacturing and distributing the product and inform the public about the class-action lawsuit.
As of yet, the only action Samsung has taken is to urge consumers to use the delicate cycle when washing bedding or bulky and water-resistant items. The company also provided a link with the statement to check if your model could be affected.