Hotpoint Are A Hot Topic Once Again!
Whirlpool, the maker of Hotpoint and Indesit tumble dryers, are back in the headlines this week as they’ve informed customers to unplug those affected tumble dryers and not to use them until they can be repaired.
These potentially dangerous appliances were identified back in 2015 when it was found that excess fluff from clothing can ignite when it touched the heating element of the dryer.
Whirlpool’s tumble dryer brands include Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline.
So it’s been reported thus far that nearly 4 million faulty machines have been repaired across the UK. Initially, Whirlpool advised that the products could be used but not to be left unattended!?
We must question why these machines have not been recalled given the potentially dangerous and possible fatal risk they pose. You may have seen the shocking image of a fire in a block of flats in London, whereby an Indesit machine caught fire. Obviosuly, this posed a huge risk to all those occupants in the block, not just the owners of the machine. Following incidents like this, it’s now reported that an online petition has more than 50,000 signatures, demanding that Parliament force Whirlpool to recall these potentially dangerous tumble dryers.
A Whirpool representative had the following to say. “Trading standards confirmed, following an internal review by independent experts, that the modification programme remains the most effective way of resolving this issue. As a result, we will continue with our efforts to provide consumers with a free of charge modification as quickly as possible. The modification programme will continue. Trading standards have also notified us that updated usage advice should be communicated to affected consumers. If your tumble dryer is affected by this issue then you should unplug it and do not use it until the modification has taken place.”
At this moment in time, we can only wait and see if Parliament steps in or if the attention alone forces Whirlpool to act and issue a recall.
If you think your dryer is affected take a look at the online checker.
Whirlpool helplines (Freephone): 0800 151 0905 UK
Irish Republic helpline: 1800 804320
If you have suffered injury or property damage as a result of a defective product such as this, contact Oakwood Solicitors for free help and advice on 0113 200 9787