Samsung recalls 36,000 NZ washing machines

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File photo / Thinkstock

Samsung has voluntarily recalled 36,000 washing machines sold in New Zealand that may be at risk of catching fire.

The company is offering free repairs to customers who bought four models of top-loading washing machines manufactured between 2010 and 2013.

The machines have reportedly been linked to 15 fires in Australia.

Samsung said in some circumstances moisture may penetrate the electrical connectors of the machines, causing a spark and potentially a fire hazard.

There had been one unconfirmed case of damage to property in New Zealand, but it was unclear whether the product fault was the cause, Samsung said.

Owners can check whether their machine is affected by checking the model name on the back of the machine against the list online at www.samsung.com/nz/support/rework/

A free home repair will be arranged for those with affected models.

Until repaired, the company advised that the machines should be used only when someone is present or nearby to monitor it. If smoke or a smell is noticed coming from the machine, turn it off at the wall.

- APNZ

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