Samsung recalling 2.8M top load washing machines due to risk they could blow up

NEW YORK (ABC NEWS) – There is another recall for Samsung, this time for washing machines that could blow apart.

“The washing machine just exploded. It sounded like a bomb went off in my ear,” Melissa Thaxton said.

Thaxton says in April, she was inches away from getting a serious injury and 4-year-old son was right there too.

“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 said.

Top consumer watchdog and Samsung are now recalling an unprecedented 2.8 million washing machines.

“[There] are 730 reports on a very serious hazard of the top of these washing machines completely blowing off,” Chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission Elliot Kaye said.

Amid the complaints, there are nine reports of injuries. One incident caused a bruise that reportedly came after “the washer lid flew off the machine” slammed into the woman’s back and forced her into a cabinet where she struck her head and jaw.

“I do the laundry in my family,” Kaye said. “I’ve got two young boys. This would scare the heck out of me, which is why we hope parents and others take advantage of this recall.

The machines in question, 34 different model lines of Samsung top loading washing machines sold since March 2011 until now.

“For some of these units, just too much speed,” Kaye said. “The top of the unit is not secured enough based on a design failure.”

Samsung released this statement:  “Our priority is to minimize any safety risk and address the conditions that lead to the rare instance when the top of the washer unexpectedly separates from the unit. We apologize for the inconvenience this is creating to our loyal customers.”

See if your washer is included in the recall.

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