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Tens of thousands of washing machines sold in Australia are being recalled amid fears they could cause an electric shock.

If water or detergent was inadvertently spilt on the lids of 11 brands of Simpson and Electrolux machine models, it could cause an electric shock, Australian Fair Trading Minister Virginia Judge has warned.

It is unknown at present if this fault affects any UK or European models produced by the Electrolux Group.

"If spillage occurs, users may experience a mild tingling sensation in their fingertips when they touch the top of the machine," she said.

"While the manufacturer advises there is no serious risk, consumers need to be aware of the possibility of an electric shock."

Nearly 185,000 Simpson and Electrolux machines have been sold in Australia and New Zealand since September 2007 are being recalled, including more than 56,000 in NSW.

"If consumers are concerned, they should stop using the machine immediately," Ms Judge said.

"The manufacturer will make arrangements for a service technician to repair the machine free of charge."

Models and serial numbers affected by washing machine recall:

Simpson 22S750M 917 50424

Simpson 22S950M 851 50013

Simpson SWT552SA 920 54230

Simpson SWT605SA 920 54333

Simpson SWT802SA 920 50411

Simpson SWT902SA 920 52807

Simpson SWT955SA 936 51259

Electrolux EWT606SA 936 51151

Electrolux EWT806SA 908 51752

Electrolux EWT806SB 931 50755

Electrolux EWT959SA 928 51041

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