The Consumer Product Safety Commission is demanding that Samsung recall 2.8 million washing machines.
US product safety officials say the tops of the machines can detach during use, causing serious injury. There have been nine reports so far, including one incident involving a broken jaw.
The recall affects 34 models dating back to 2011. Repairs or refunds are being recommended and in the meantime users are advised to stick to lower spin speeds to avoid flying parts.
Exploding washing machines are just the latest in a line of disasters for Samsung. The company took a massive blow to its bottom line when it was forced to recall its flagship Galaxy Note 7 phone due to exploding batteries—and then perhaps permanently damaged its reputation when replacement devices also exploded, forcing the company to scrap the product entirely.
In 2013, the pyromaniacal tech titan recalled washing machines in Australia which were causing house fires.