Islanders are being urged to check their household appliances as a recall notice is set to be issued on 500,000 Whirlpool tumble dryers over fire safety fears.
The affected 127 models include both vented and condensing tumble dryers produced by Whirlpool between April 2004 and September 2015. The brands include Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline.
A Which? investigation revealed that over 750 fires had been discovered over a 11 year period. Whirlpool have previously issued safety warnings and urged customers to get their appliances repaired, but around 500,000 tumble dryers remain in active use.
More information about the exact models affected can be found at https://www.which.co.uk/consumer-rights/advice/whirlpool-tumble-dryer-safety-alert.
Anyone still owning an affected dryer should contact Whirlpool immediately on 0800 151 0905.
A spokesperson for Whirlpool Corporation said in a statement:
“Safety is our number one priority and 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.
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“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.
“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”.