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The government is to request Whirlpool recall up to 500,000 tumble dryers which pose a fire safety risk containing a fault that is blamed for blamed for over 750 fires over the last 11 years.
Whirlpool have said safety is their “number one priority” and if any landlords think their properties may contain faulty appliances from the Hotpoint, Creda Swan, Proline and Indesit dryer ranges they are urged to contact whirlpool immediately on 0800 151 0905.
Whirlpool hasn’t yet published a full list of affected models, but you can Click Here to see if your model is among the affected. Unaffected tumble dryers have a green sticker attached to the inside of the door or on the rear of the machine.
Kelly Tolhurst, Business Minister announced the plans to recall unmodified machines, and said: “Consumer safety was a government priority”.
A spokesperson for Whirlpool said: “In the meantime, anyone with an affected dryer that has not been modified should unplug it and not use it until the modification has been completed.”
“We remain committed to resolving any affected tumble dryers that have not yet been modified. To this end, we are in ongoing discussions with the Office for Product Safety and Standards to agree additional measures we have proposed to reach consumers who have not yet engaged with this safety programme.
“We have co-operated with OPSS throughout its recent review of the programme and welcome its findings that consumers whose tumble dryers have been modified can continue to use them safely.”
Which? head of campaigns, David Chaplin, said: “People’s lives have been put at risk for far too long so it’s a hugely significant step that these machines are set to be recalled, but there will be serious questions if this recall only addresses the 500,000 unmodified machines that Whirlpool has already struggled to locate.
“The Government must urgently explain what it is going to do about the millions of modified machines still in people’s homes, following serious concerns that have been raised by people who have experienced fires, smoke and burning despite the so-called fix.”
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