Samsung Electronics America, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced a voluntary recall of certain top-load washers manufactured between March 2011 and current production dates.
The voluntary action was driven by reports highlighting the risk that the drums in these washers may lose balance, triggering excessive vibrations, resulting in the top separating from the washer. This can occur when a high-speed spin cycle is used for bedding, water-resistant or bulky items and presents an injury risk to consumers.Consumers with a recalled washer will be offered two easy choices as part of the recall program.
As an added safety measure, all known washer owners will also receive a Home Label Kit in the mail. The kit will include a new control panel guide, two warning labels and step-by-step instructions for applying them to the machine, and a user manual supplement.
Additionally, consumers who purchased a recalled washer in the last 30 days of this recall announcement are eligible for a full refund from their original place of purchase.
Until the repair is completed, the washer exchanged, or the Home Label Kit applied, Samsung and the CPSC are advising owners of the recalled washers to use the delicate or waterproof cycles when washing bedding, water-resistant or bulky items.
This is a recall of certain Top-Load washers manufactured between March, 2011 and current production dates. Front Load Washers are not affected. NEW SAMSUNG TOP LOAD WASHERS CURRENTLY SOLD AT RETAILERS ARE NOT AFFECTED BY THIS RECALL.
The authorized Samsung field technician will install structural reinforcements to the washer. In addition, if you have received your Home Label Kit in the mail and have not yet applied it to the washer, the technician can apply the control panel guide (overlay) and warning labels for you. If you have not received the Home Label Kit prior to your service visit, please install the control panel guide (overlay)and warning labels by yourself once they arrive in the mail.
Samsung has a nationwide network of authorized service partners which perform Samsung washer repairs. In addition to their normal service network, Samsung has partnered with several national service providers to assist with this washer recall. These partners include A&E Factory Service, Dish Network, Installs Inc., and National Service Alliance. Technicians from these service providers have been trained to perform the washer repairs for this recall.
Samsung will extend the manufacturer's warranty 12 months from the date of the completed repair, or one-year from the end of the manufacturer's warranty if the washer was purchase within one year. The manufacturer's warranty includes parts and labor for manufacturing defects in materials and workmanship.
Samsung's exchange rebate is for consumers who prefer to exchange their washer instead of getting the repair. We are offering a rebate for customers based on the manufacture date and model of the recalled washer in exchange for the purchase of a new washer from Samsung or any other brand. Consumers that choose a Samsung washer will receive an additional loyalty incentive up to $150 towards a new Samsung washer purchase.
Consumers who purchased a recalled washer in the last 30 days are eligible for a full refund from their original place of purchase.
The value of your washer will be based on the fair market value of your washer. This is determined by the model and age of your washer.
The Home Label Kit includes step-by-step instructions for applying additional safety information to the machine. It includes a new control panel guide for certain models, two warning labels and a user manual supplement. It also provides additional instructions to ensure the safe use of your machine while you schedule an in-home repair or take advantage of the exchange rebate.
Known customers will begin to receive a Home Label Kit in the mail in approximately 14 days. If you do not receive a Home Label Kit or are unsure if you are a known consumer, visit www.samsung.com/us/TLW or call the dedicated toll-free hotline at 1-866-264-5636 8:00am - 10:00pm (ET), Monday - Sunday to find out if your unit is affected, and to request this information.
When applied as instructed, the new control panel guide included in the kit will ensure that users select a reduced-speed spin cycle for washing bedding, bulky or water-resistant items. The Home Label Kit also includes two warning labels to apply to the washer as a reminder, as well as a user manual supplement with additional safety instructions.
Please follow the instructions included in the Home Label Kit. In addition, you can click a link below to view a brief video demonstrating how to apply the control panel guide (overlay) and the two warning labels.
Most service contracts allow for a pro-rated refund minus claims. Please check with your terms and conditions for details.