Swansea Fire Station recently posted an urgent recall notice on their Facebook page and we thought we would bring it to your attention in case any of you may be affected.
Samsung Electronics Australia Pty Ltd has re-issued a recall on specified Samsung top-loader washing machines sold in Australia due to a fault that has so far caused 59 fires involving the machines around Australia.
The following model names, manufactured between 2010 and 2013, are affected:
The original recall of the machines was initiated on April 30, 2013. However, only about 40% of the units have since been fixed. 144,451 machines have been sold in Australia through various retailers, including 55,553 in NSW. Only 20,994 of the machines sold in NSW have been successfully recalled and fixed.
There have been 59 fires involving the machines around Australia, 25 of which were in NSW. Fires occur when internal water condenses onto an internal connector (motor connection).
NSW Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe has also issued an urgent warning about the Samsung washing machines, saying they “pose a serious risk to consumers.”
“These products are typically left unattended while in use, so the risk to people and property if the machine fails is real,” said Mr Stowe. “I urge anyone with a Samsung top-loading washing machine to check their appliance as a matter of priority.”