Samsung faces lawsuit over washing machine safety, continues to sell


PROVIDENCE, R.I (WPRI) — Samsung has yet to respond to a class action lawsuit that claims the company had knowledge of issues with a specific type of top-loading washing machines.

According to the lawsuit, the company “knew that the washing machines…were prone to explode…but continues to market and sell the washing machines in question.”

Michelle Soto Fielder was left with a hole through a wall in her garage after her Samsung washing machine “violently exploded,” according to court documents.

She is a part of the class action lawsuit filed against Samsung, along with Melissa Thaxton.

The company has posted a statement on its website acknowledging “potential safety issues” in some top-loading washing machines that were manufactured between March 2011 and April 2016. Samsung says if you own one of the these machines you should only use the lower speed, delicate cycle when washing bedding, bulky items, or water resistant items.

Along with the warning, Samsung defended their machines by saying, “it is important to know that Samsung customer have completed hundreds of millions of loads without incident since 2011.”

To find out if you washing machine is affected by this issues, look for the 15 digit serial number on the back on the machine and then search for it on Samsung’s website.