Are your washing machines at risk of causing a fire hazard? If you own one of the models affected by Samsung’s recent recall, then the answer could be yes.
This blog post will explore the details of this major recall, including which models are affected and how to tell if your washer is one of them.
We’ll also discuss what you can do to protect yourself from this potential hazard and why Samsung issued the recall in the first place.
Samsung had to recall more than 660,000 washing machines because they could short-circuit and get too hot, which could cause a fire.
The company was inundated with 51 reports of “smoking, melting, overheating, or fire involving the washers.” Ten of these reports led to damage to property, and three customers said they got hurt from breathing in smoke.
Several of Samsung’s top-load washers with their Super Speed Wash technology are impacted by this issue, including the WA49B, WA50B, WA51A, WA52A, WA54A, and WA55A. The machines came in a range of colors, including white, black, champagne, and ivory.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently released the serial numbers of 14 recalled models to alert consumers.
From June 2021 to December 2022, a total of 663,500 defective washing machines were sold at big-box retailers like Best Buy, Costco, The Home Depot, and Lowe’s. These appliances ranged between $900 and $1,500.
Installing the latest software update can proactively prevent any potential fire hazard. The CPSC advised, “Consumers should immediately check whether their washer’s software has been updated to prevent the hazard. And, if not, consumers should immediately stop using the washer until the software is updated.”
Samsung suggests that all washers with Wi-Fi download the free software update while they are connected to the internet. If you don’t have an internet connection, get a free dongle from Samsung and plug it in to download the software repair, all at no cost!
It’s concerning that so many washing machines have been recalled due to the potential for fire hazards. It’s a good reminder for all of us to pay attention to safety recalls, especially when it comes to items we use frequently and rely on in our daily lives.
In this case, Samsung is offering a free software repair that should fix the issue, but consumers should still take the time to double-check whether their washers have been updated or not.
Taking a few minutes now could save you from potential damage and harm down the line. Ultimately, it’s important to stay informed about product recalls to keep your family safe.
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