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CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

CPSC Warning: Samsung Washing Machines Are Exploding

Lieff Cabraser represents Samsung washer owners in a federal lawsuit in New Jersey alleging that some Samsung top-loading washing machines explode in owners’ homes, causing damage to walls, doors, and other equipment and presenting significant injury risks. Users have reported Samsung top-load washers exploding as early as the day of installation, while other owners have seen their machines explode months or even more than a year after purchase.

Now, ABC News reports that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning to the public regarding these exploding Samsung washing machines. Units manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016 can reportedly explode with no warning while a load is running, causing significant damage to homes and, potentially, residents. The story has received additional attention from CNN and numerous other news outlets.

“It was the loudest sound. It sounded like a bomb went off in my ear,” stated 32-year-old plaintiff Melissa Thaxton of Dallas, Georgia. “There were wires, nuts, the cover actually was laying on the floor. I just remember covering my head and leaning towards my son and just screaming this scream that I didn’t even know I could scream,” Thaxton added.

“The rod can slide right out,” explained Lieff Cabraser Samsung exploding washer case lawyer Jason L. Lichtman. “And that’s what causes the washing machine to blow apart.”

Lieff Cabraser Partner Jason Lichtman

Lieff Cabraser Partner Jason Lichtman

Beyond damage to the washing machines themselves, reports include descriptions of glass and other machine parts being shot across garages and laundry rooms at distances of over 15 feet, with consequent damage to other appliances, water heaters, and homes. Several Samsung top load washer owners report avoiding injury from the exploding debris and equipment pieces only by fortunate timing or physical blocking from other pieces of furniture or equipment, often mere moments after the owners had their heads or hands right by the machines.

Multiple YouTube videos recorded by Samsung top-load washer owners show exploded machines as well as damage and debris resulting from the blasts.

Contact a National Defective Products Attorney

If you have a Samsung top-load washer you are concerned may explode without warning, or own a Samsung washer that has already exploded, please do not hesitate to contact us. There is no cost or obligation for our review of your Samsung exploding washer concerns, and the information you provide will help us hold Samsung accountable for these dangerous alleged product defects.

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