Electrolux recalling almost 200,000 faulty washing machines

By Patrick Avenell

SYDNEY, NSW: Electrolux and Simpson are currently recalling 185,000 faulty washing machines, after it was discovered the appliances may emit electric shocks under certain conditions. According to a company spokesperson, 175,000 of these are in Australia and 10,000 are in New Zealand.

The major fault in the machines is a breach to the lid-locking switch device. This aperture means that water and detergent can spill into the switch, conducting a “very low electric current to the lid and its surrounds”.

Although referred to as a “precautionary measure”, the recall notice states that users “may experience a mild tingling sensation in [their] fingertips when [they] touch the top of the machine”.

Although the fear of electrocution may be too great for some, users can still operate their machines, providing the machine is switched off when loading and unloading, and when not in use.

Electrolux and Simpson will be correcting the fault through service calls, which will be free of charge. It is estimated these calls will take around 30 minutes. Affected users are advised to call 1800 001 218 for more info.

The following Simpson washing machines have been recalled: 22S750M, 22S950M, SWT552SA, SWT605SA, SWT802SA, SWT902SA, SWT955SA.

The following Electrolux washing machines have been recalled: EWT606SA, EWT806SA, EWT806SB, EWT959SA.

4 Responses to Electrolux recalling almost 200,000 faulty washing machines

  1. Stewart Hood Sun 22 Jun 2014 at 4:25 pm #

    Just noticed the recall. My daughter has a 22S750M. 2009 model.
    Should it be repaired?
    Regards, Stewart

  2. Simon Hutchison Sun 21 Dec 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    We have had the Simpson SWT955SA washing machine since 2009 and only in the last year we have had some serious problems with this machine. Wife getting mild shocks, constant beeping, lid locking itself and not releasing to name a few. Only today was I searching for some information about my brand did I come across this. I do have the original receipt dating the 14/09/2009 from the Good Guys Morayfield QLD.
    Having to young boys and twins on the way, we are in need of a working and reliable machine.
    Hoping this will get recified as soon as possible.

    Simon Hutchison

    • christine burch Thu 15 Jan 2015 at 7:43 pm #

      Hi Simon, I have only just week had the exact same problems with my machine, although about a month or so ago I did start getting mild shocks from it.
      Have you contacted Electrolux as yet about the recall and whether they will repair the machine. I will be doing this but wondered if you had any issues given the length of time since we purchased these machines.

      Chris.

  3. mervyn carran Sun 22 Mar 2015 at 11:14 am #

    while searching for lint filter for electrolux ewt606 ifound there had been a recall what happens now thanks merv

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