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Samsung in meltdown – 2.8m washing machines recalled in US in wake of Note 7 debacle

More than two-and-a-half million Samsung washing machines are being recalled in the US, following an announcement by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CSPC).

The CSPC said the Samsung top-loading machines pose a “risk of injury” as the lids are liable to detach from the main body of the unit during operation and fly off.

Apparently the recall involves 34 different models of Samsung washing machines, and has been initiated after more than 730 complaints. A total of 2.8 million machines are understood to be affected, with some of the units retailing for as much as $1,500 – roughly £1,200.

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The CSPC’s announcement noted that consumers reported sustaining a range of injuries, including broken jaws and injured shoulders, as a result of the botched white goods.

If you think your washing machine might be affected, full model number information can be found on the CSPC website.

Depending on when the machine was purchased, owners are entitled to either an in-home repair, refund, or rebate.

News of the Samsung washing machine recall comes as the South Korean electronics giant is still struggling to recover from the exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7 debacle, which ultimately forced the firm to shut down global production of its flagship phablet due to faulty battery cells.

With its reputation currently in tatters, Samsung’s recovery hopes now likely hinge on the rumoured early-2017 launch of the Galaxy S8.

A new Note device, likely called the Galaxy Note 8, is also thought to be in the making for later in 2017 – here’s hoping neither device manages to maim or scald anyone.

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