Throwing in a load of dirty clothes in need of a wash? Look out—you may have to duck and cover. Consumers can add exploding washing machines to a growing list of recent electronic products that seem intent on harming their owners.
Some of Samsung’s newer washers lose their tops at high speed, injuring terrified owners and damaging property. Injuries reported thus far include an injured shoulder and a broken jaw, and more are sure to come.
Samsung is once again in the spotlight with these defective appliances, having just been in the news thanks to their Galaxy Note 7 cell phones, which have exploded or burst into flames on numerous occasions due to a fault in their lithium-ion batteries.
The Korean electronics giant has issued a voluntary recall of some top-loading washer models made between March 2011 and April 2016—the latest number recalled is 2.8 million. The issue is supposedly a weak rod that can separate from the washer’s drum during the spin cycle, leading to a “centrifugal explosion,” as it was termed in a class-action lawsuit filed in New Jersey.
The Consumer Product Safety Commision urges consumers to use the delicate cycle as much as possible, especially with heavier items such as bedding in the hopes that slower speeds will lessen the potential for malfunction. They are working with Samsung to spread word of the issue and offer advice to owners. Samsung is offering in-home-service and warranty extension for some models, and refunds on some newer ones.
But what if you have been hurt by one of these washers or another defective product? The answer is that you may have a personal injury case. Manufacturers must test their products and go through steps to ensure that they are not endangering innocent consumers. They must exercise reasonable care in unleashing a potential liability on the unsuspecting public.
Failure to do so can make them guilty of negligence, and proving this is at the center of product liability cases. Some consumers are angry that Samsung did not alert the public much sooner as the issue first surfaced all the way back in 2011.
If you have been hurt, you may be entitled to reimbursement of wages and payment of medical bills along with other damages. A skilled defective product attorney may be able to get what you need through an out-of-court settlement, only instigating a court case if absolutely necessary.
If you have already been injured or suffered property damage from an exploding washer, you would be wise to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer with solid defective-product experience. The Law Offices of Joel H. Schwartz have over fifty years of experience helping clients recover millions of dollars in personal injury cases, including defective products. Call today and schedule a free consultation to see what we can do for you. Call 1-800-660-2270 or reach us online.