NSW Government Issues Recall Of Fire Risk Samsung Washing Machines
The machines, of which more than 144,000 were sold nationally between 2010 and 2013, have been found to pose a fire risk, with Dominello stating consumers should be mindful of their potential dangers.
“It is time for consumers to take action and check the model numbers of their Samsung top loader washing machines,”Dominello commented. “If a consumer does have an affected machine, they should only use it if they are present or nearby to monitor it, and contact Samsung to arrange a free inspection and repair. If a consumer notices any smoke or smell coming out of the machine, they should turn it off at the power point.”
A voluntary recall has been in place since 2013, however the NSW government has today stated that both it and Samsung “remain concerned by the number of consumers that have not taken part in the recall to date”. Fifty-one percent of the affected models in NSW have been inspected and fixed.
The government has stated that it “is essential” that anyone who has one of the machines contact Samsung and organise to have it repaired.
Under the terms of the recall, Samsung will repair machines on-site in consumers’ homes, with the reworked machines meeting the safety requirements of Australian Standards and independently certified following repair.
“The previous ‘voluntary’ recall may have led some people to think it was optional to take part – far from it,”Dominello commented. “Affected consumers need to take action and have their washing machine inspected and repaired.”
The affected models are: