Samsung recalls washing machines that may explode

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Friday, November 4, 2016
Consumers claim some Samsung washing machines come apart violently.
Consumers claim some Samsung washing machines come apart violently.

WASHINGTON -- Samsung says it is recalling 2.8 million of their top-loading washing machines after hundreds of reports of explosions.

Nine people were injured after the top of the affected unit completely blew off, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says, and the injuries include a broken jaw, injured shoulder, and other impact or fall-related injuries.

Samsung has received 733 reports of washing machines experiencing excessive vibration or the top detaching from the washing machine chassis, according to the CPSC.

Samsung says a design failure meant the top was not fully secured, leaving users vulnerable to injury.

In all, 34 Samsung top-loading models sold from March 2011 to November 2016 are affected by the recall.

These units were sold at Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowes, Sears and other home appliance stores.

You can check to see if your model is on the list by visiting CPSC website.

The company says consumers can get a free in-home repair, a rebate towards the purchase of a new Samsung or other brand washing machine, or a full refund depending on when the machine was purchased.