Government Issue ‘unprecedented’ Whirlpool Recall Notice
Earlier this month the Government issued a recall notice on up to 500 000 unsafe Whirlpool tumble dryers. It is feared that even those modified by the company to correct the issue could still smoke, produce heat and eventually, catch fire. The Government took the ‘unprecedented’ step of issuing a recall four years after Whirlpool first discovered the fault and issued a warning for all its Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit dryers.
The faulty dryers have been responsible for at least 750 fires in the past 11 years and it is thought that there are still up to 500 000 dryers in homes across the UK. The dryers affected were manufactured by Whirlpool between 2004 and 2014, however, may be one of the other brands (Hotpoint, Creda, Indesit, Swan, Proline) owned by the company.
In order to protect your home from fire it is important to make sure that your tumble dryer is not one of those that could be faulty. Consumer group, Which?, have created this useful search that you can use to check to see if your tumble dryer is one of the models that is known to be faulty. Crucially, though, Whirlpool have not released a complete list of the affected models and so you are advised to check with the company directly if you are concerned about your dryer.