Sep 30, 2016

    Samsung in talks with US watchdog over washing machine safety


    SAMSUNG Electronics, which is already reeling from a global recall of its Note 7 smartphones, said yesterday it is in talks with a United States watchdog to address potential safety problems related to some of its washing machines.

    The South Korean tech company's comments came as the US Consumer Product Safety Commission warned of problems with some of Samsung's top-load washing machines, following media reports that they had exploded.

    Certain top-load washing machines made between March 2011 and April 2016 were affected, both the company and the CPSC said.

    "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," Samsung said on its website.

    The company said consumers with affected models should use the lower speed delicate cycle when washing those materials.

    It was not immediately known how many units were affected and whether the problem is limited to the US.

    Samsung, the world's top smartphone maker, announced on Sept 2 a global recall of at least 2.5 million Galaxy Note 7 smartphones in 10 markets due to faulty batteries causing some phones to catch fire.

    Yesterday, it said that it expects to have recovered more than 80 per cent of recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones sold in South Korea by Oct 1.

    Samsung's shares seemed to have shrugged off the latest setback, rising 3.2 per cent as of 0327 GMT (11.27am Singapore time) yesterday, versus the wider market's 0.9 per cent gain.