Skip to content

CHICAGO — Samsung has recalled more than 660,000 washing machines, warning customers that the machine could short-circuit and overheat, posing a fire risk.

The company received 51 reports of “washing machines smoking, melting, overheating or catching fire.” Ten of these reports resulted in property damage and three customers reported injuries from smoke inhalation.

Several Samsung top load washing machine models that have a high speed wash are affected: WA49B, WA50B, WA51A, WA52A, WA54A and WA55A. The cars were sold in white, black, champagne and ivory, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission has released the serial numbers for the 14 recalled models.

The 663,500 washing machines sold at big-box retailers such as Best Buy, Costco, The Home Depot and Lowe’s between June 2021 and December 2022 cost between $900 and $1,500.

A software update may fix the fire hazard. “Consumers should immediately check to see if their washing machine software has been updated to prevent the hazard, and if not, consumers should stop using the washing machine immediately until the software is updated,” the CPSC said.

All Wi-Fi-equipped washing machines should automatically download the free software fix when connected to the Internet, Samsung said. Those without internet can get a free dongle from Samsung to enable and download the free software fix.

Copyright 2022 Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All rights reserved.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *