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More Samsung woes as 'exploding' washing machine leaves customer with broken jaw

A number of injuries have been caused by “excessive vibration”.

The US recall also affects Canada.
The US recall also affects Canada.
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IN ANOTHER BLACK eye for one of the world’s leading consumer brands, US. authorities announced a recall on Friday of nearly three million Samsung washing machines following several reports of injuries — including a broken jaw — due to “excessive vibration”.

The recall comes a month after the South Korean manufacturer recalled millions of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from consumers around the world, because of a mysterious problem that caused the phones’ batteries to overheat and catch fire.

Since then, the company stopped producing that device entirely, while estimating the debacle will cost it $5.3 billion.

Samsung said on Friday that its washing machine recall in the US would also extend to models sold in Canada, although it said no injuries had been reported in that country.

The company launched an earlier, unrelated recall of washing machines in Australia in 2013, after authorities said an electrical problem in certain models was causing fires. Australian authorities last year called that problem “a major safety failure.”

The current recall comes after weeks of discussions between Samsung and US authorities about reports that the drums in certain top-loading washing machine models can become unbalanced and cause severe vibration, in some cases causing the top of the machine to detach from the chassis.

Samsung was hit with a lawsuit over the summer by attorneys representing consumers in Texas, Indiana and Georgia who say their washing machines “exploded” while being used.

In a statement on Friday , the US Consumer Product Safety Commission cited 733 reports of Samsung machines that experienced “excessive” vibration and nine related reports of injuries, including a broken jaw and an injured shoulder.

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Samsung said the problem occurred when a high-speed spin cycle was used to wash bedding or other bulky items.

In a statement, the company’s US subsidiary said it’s working with retailers and the commission to inform consumers about the problem.

“Our priority is to reduce any safety risks in the home and to provide our customers with easy and simple choices in response to the recall,” said John Herrington, a Samsung senior vice president, in the statement.

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