Exploding washing machines investigated

Families are reporting exploding washing machines that have led to doors shattering and shards of glass covering their kitchen.

Dozens of complaints from owners of appliances have been received by an online forum and now consumer magazine Which? has launched its own investigation into the growing phenomenon.

In some cases, doors have shattered when the machine is not even in use while other users said glass had simply fallen out of its casing.

Which? is carrying out an investigation into more than 50 incidents, reported to include major brands such as Beko, Miele, Zanussi, Bosch, Hoover, LG and Samsung.

Adrian Porter, Home Product Researcher at the watchdog publication, said the problem first appeared 18 months ago but the number of cases had risen sharply in recent months.

One person affected said: “My Miele W3740 washing machine glass door suddenly exploded, shedding shattered glass and water around the room. The machine cost £700 and is only 20 months old so still within guarantee.”Source: www.telegraph.co.uk