Samsung washing machine recall results in $6.55M class-action settlement

Samsung has settled a class-action lawsuit involving more than 30 models of top-loading washing machines for $6.55 million, according to Top Class Actions.

The class-action lawsuit claimed that the upper parts of the washing machines could detach or the machines could explode during the wash cycle. Samsung recalled the washing machines in 2016, but consumers sued them. Original owners may qualify for a refund of the purchase price plus a cash settlement of up to $400.

The lawsuit alleged that the Samsung devices were a danger to anyone who might be near them while the machines were operating. After the recall of nearly three million washing machines in 2016, reports of exploding washing machines continued. Also, consumers have claimed that the drain pumps on some models have broken or separated.

In May 2018, for example, a top loader exploded in Texas while washing a mattress pad. No one was injured in the explosion, which pushed the machine off the wall and blew off its top. The owner was in another room when the explosion occurred.

In a statement to ABC affiliate WFAA8, she said, “If people had been here, especially my children, it could have been deadly. How can a washing machine explode just like that?”

In a 2016 press release, John Herrington, Samsung Electronics America’s senior vice president and general manager of home appliances, stated, “Our priority is to reduce all safety risks in the home and provide our customers with an easy and simple choice in response to the recall. We are working quickly and in partnership with the CPSC to ensure that consumers know what options are available to them and that any disruption to the home is minimized.”

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The recall involved 2.8 million units of 34 models of top-loading machines manufactured between March 2011 and November 2016, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall notice.

Dissatisfied with the original recall, class action plaintiffs claimed that some owners did not hear about the recall in time to receive refunds.

The settlement includes five types of financial relief. If you are the original purchaser of one of the 34 models involved in the lawsuit, claim forms must be submitted by August 6, 2019.

You can check if your Samsung top-loading washing machine is part of the deal on the WasherLookup deal page. Consumers will need to provide proof of purchase in the form of the washer’s serial number. Invoices or other evidence of repairs and additional damage, if applicable, must also be provided. According to Top Class Actions, anyone who files a settlement request form does so under the criminal penalty of perjury.

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