Fire service demands recall of dangerous tumble dryers

Fire service demands recall of dangerous tumble dryers

Fire service demands recall of dangerous tumble dryers immediately. The Local Government Association warned that people are “playing Russian roulette” by using appliances prone to exploding into flames.

It said firefighters were attending three blazes a day caused by dryers. Whirlpool, which owns the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands, said: “The safety of our customers is our number one priority.”

The company has said that more than five million tumble dryers need to be modified to prevent fluff building up near the heating element and bursting into flame. It has agreed with Trading Standards that it will repair them when asked by owners, but some people have been told they will have to wait until next year for a visit.

“People using faulty tumble dryers are unwittingly playing Russian roulette and leading manufacturers need to recall affected models as soon as possible to protect their customers,” said Jeremy Hilton, chairman of the LGA’s fire services management committee. “These defective products are endangering lives, causing thousands of pounds of damage to homes and making people homeless.”

Whirlpool said it had to date resolved half a million cases and was looking into alternative options to speed up the programme. To help it has increased its team of engineers by more than 45% to about 1,500 since the start of the modification programme.

Original content was created by Simon Read for the BBC 18/6/16. Please click on the link to continue with the full story.