Sunday, October 21News For London

Over a million tumble dryers are still causing fires in the UK

Whirlpool has admitted that up to a million faulty tumble dryers could still be in British homes.

The manufacturer admitted to a government committee that it actually continued making tumble dryers for three years after being notified that the appliances were faulty in 2012. Whirlpool also had only repaired about half of the unsafe appliances since a scandal broke in 2015 after it became clear that Whirlpool manufactured 5.4 million faulty machines over an 11-year period.

 

Member of the public using a tumble dryer. [Photo: Flickr]
Tumble dryers that are sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands, have been criticised and blamed for a number of UK fires, including a fire in a London tower block in August 2016 that forced more than 50 people to flee their homes.

A woman that has been working for Curries for a number of years has spoken out about selling tumble dryers as consumers are expected to know what to do and the dangers of this.

If you have a tumble dryer in your home, you can check to see if it has been recalled by visiting www.safety.hotpoint.eu.