Now Samsung's recalling exploding washing machines

About 2.8 million Samsung washing machines are being recalled because the tops of them can "unexpectedly detach."
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Following reports of more exploding Samsung products, the South Korean company is issuing another recall. It's for washing machines this time.

On Friday, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Samsung had issued a voluntary recall of about 2.8 million top-loading washing machines sold between March 2011 and Nov. 2016.

Apparently, the tops of 34 different models can "unexpectedly detach from the washing machine chassis during use." That can and has resulted in personal injuries.

So far, there have been 733 reports washing machines either exploding or shaking excessively like they're about to explode. The Safety Commission says there have been nine reported injuries, including a broken jaw and injured shoulder.

This recall comes more than a month after Samsung first warned consumers about the washing machines, saying people should just use the lower speed delicate cycle when washing bulky items.

What if my machine is recalled?

If you have one of the recalled models, Samsung says you should contact Samsung immediately. Here's the toll-free number: 866-264-5636.

From there, you'll have a few options.

You can choose to have someone go to your home and fix the machine for free. Otherwise, you can opt for a rebate that can be applied to buy a new washing machine. If you purchased it within the last 30 days, you can get a full refund.

The Safety Commission says consumers will also be mailed a "Home Label Kit" with a control panel guide and additional safety instructions.

Until that comes in the mail, officials say you should only use the delicate or waterproof cycles when washing bedding, water-resistant and bulky items.

Apparently lower spin speeds reduce the risk of the washing machine top flying off.

Last month, Samsung decided to call it quits with the Galaxy Note 7 after dozens reportedly started on fire. The device has even been banned from U.S. flights.

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