According to ABC News, who exclusively learned about the warning, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a warning about certain top-loading Samsung washing machines after reports that some exploded.
Melissa Thaxton, 32, of Dallas, Georgia, is just one case among 21 others that have been reported. On April 8, 2016, Thaxton said she was standing next to the running machine when it exploded.
“It was the loudest sound. It sounded like a bomb went off in my ear,” Thaxton said. “There were wires, nuts, the cover actually was laying on the floor.” Her four year old child was right next to her.
“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,” she said.
Since early 2015, “GMA” Investigates has learned that 21 people have reported to the CPSC that their top-loading Samsung washing machines have exploded or blown apart.
Thaxton and several other plaintiffs are suing Samsung in federal court in New Jersey.
In a statement late yesterday Samsung told “GMA” Investigates, “In rare cases, affected units may experience abnormal vibrations that could pose a risk of personal injury or property damage when washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant items. It is important to note that Samsung customers have completed hundreds of millions of loads without incident since 2011.”
The CPSC said it is working with Samsung on a remedy to fix the issue, which apparently affects some units made from March 2011 to April 2016.