Whirpool to recall dryers over fears of fire risk

Whirpool to recall dryers over fears of fire risk

Published at 7:51am 12th June 2019. (Updated at 9:31am 12th June 2019)

The government is set to serve a recall notice on the company over concerns about the safety of its tumble dryers.

The announcement was made by business minister Kelly Tolhurst, four years after a reported design flaw was first identified in Whirlpool-produced machines that allowed fluff from clothing to reach heating elements.

Consumer groups claim the problem has been linked to hundreds of fires.

Whirlpool says it remains committed to fixing affected models and that safety is its "number one priority".

In April, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) estimated 500,000 tumble dryers had still not been fixed.

WHICH PRODUCTS ARE AFFECTED?

The affected products are all models of vented and condensing tumble dryers produced between 1 April 2004 and 30 September 2015. 

They were sold in the UK under the following brands.

  • Hotpoint
  • Indesit
  • Creda
  • Swan
  • Proline

Anything manufactured after the above dates is not affected.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU DO HAVE AN AFFECTED PRODUCT:

In a statement Whirlpool urged anyone with one of the affected dyers to contact them:

"The crucial message to anyone who still owns an affected dryer and has not already had it modified by Whirlpool is to contact us immediately on 0800 151 0905. 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."

 

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