News: Government set to recall 500,000 Whirlpool tumble dryers in ‘unprecedented’ move over fire safety fears

News: Government set to recall 500,000 Whirlpool tumble dryers in ‘unprecedented’ move over fire safety fears

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Whirpool is set to face a governmnet order to recall half a million tumble dryers amid mounting fire safety concerns.

The home appliance manufacturer is facing demands to recall the products in an “unprecedented” move.

Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst said the company has been informed of the intention to serve the recall notice.

Her remarks came after Conservative former minister Andrew Griffiths raised “great concern” over Whirlpool’s “straightness” and whether or not people have unsafe products in their homes.

There are fire safety concerns over tumble dryers Photo by Ian Cooper
(Image: Photo by Ian Cooper)

In April, the Office for Product Safety and Standards published a report which told Whirlpool to improve its risk management and communication with customers regarding repairs to tumble dryers to prevent fires.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Griffiths said: “The Office for Product Safety and Standards undertook a thorough review into the modification of Whirlpool tumble dryers, yet there still remains great concern not only about the straightness of Whirlpool, but whether people have unsafe products in their homes.

“Can the minister update us on what’s happening in relation to Whirlpool?”

Ms Tolhurst replied: “Consumer safety is a Government priority.

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“I want to assure (Mr Griffiths) that we have kept Whirlpool’s actions under review and I can tell the House we have informed Whirlpool of our intention to serve a recall notice as a next step of the regulatory process.

“This is unprecedented action.”

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Previous reports state that up to five million machines were found to have a design fault, which allows fluff to touch the heating element and has caused at least 750 fires.

Whirlpool began a drive to modify affected dryers after the problem was discovered in 2015.

Millions of machines under its Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline brands were identified as requiring a fix to make them safe to operate.

However, dozens of people with “fixed” dryers have reported fires or a strong smoke smell since.

A Whirlpool spokesperson told Mirror Online : “Safety is our number one priority and we remain committed to resolving any affected tumble dryers that have not yet been modified.



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