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MoneyTumble drier fire warning as owners told 'unplug your machines' amid fears 500,000 could be at risk

08:10  13 june  2019
08:10  13 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Owners of half a million Whirlpool tumble dryers have been told by the government to unplug them immediately as they pose a fire risk . Whirlpool has since fixed the majority of affected tumble dryers but around 500 , 000 are thought to be unmodified meaning they still pose a fire risk .

All owners of Whirlpool tumble dryers are being urged to unplug them immediately amid mounting Whirlpool has been fixing the majority of machines , but around 500 , 000 are still said to be at risk . She told MPs on Tuesday that after reviewing the company's actions, "we have informed Whirlpool of

Tumble drier fire warning as owners told 'unplug your machines' amid fears 500,000 could be at risk © Getty

Hundreds of thousands of owners of unmodified Whirlpool tumble dryers have been urged to unplug them immediately as the firm faces an "unprecedented" order to recall the machines.

Whirlpool has been informed the government intends to serve a recall notice over concerns that an estimated 500,000 unmodified tumble dryers pose a potential fire risk .

It comes after millions of machines under its Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline brands were identified as requiring a fix to make them safe to operate.

Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst said consumer safety is a "government priority" as she revealed plans to make the company recall remaining unmodified appliances.

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The company estimates that between 300, 000 and 500 , 000 faulty products could still be in UK homes, three years Media captionAre tumble dryers still a fire risk ? He said: "People's lives have been put at risk for far too long, so it's a hugely significant step that these machines are set to be recalled.

The Government plans to order Whirlpool to recall an estimated 500 , 000 unmodified tumble dryers due to concerns they pose a fire risk - here's what to do if you're affected. Anyone who owns one of these unmodified dryers is being urged to unplug the machines and not use them until they're fixed.

Whirlpool urged anyone with an unmodified machine to contact them.

A spokeswoman said: "Safety is our number one priority and we remain committed to resolving any affected tumble dryers that have not yet been modified.

"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."

Tumble drier fire warning as owners told 'unplug your machines' amid fears 500,000 could be at risk © Provided by Reach Publishing Services Limited Housekeeper with washing machine The company said it was in ongoing discussions with the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) "to agree additional measures we have proposed to reach consumers who have not yet engaged with this safety programme".

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The company estimates that between 300, 000 and 500 , 000 faulty products could still be in UK homes, three years Media captionAre tumble dryers still a fire risk ? He said: "People's lives have been put at risk for far too long, so it's a hugely significant step that these machines are set to be recalled.

The machines can be dangerous because excess fluff can catch in the heating element and cause a fire . You should also unplug any machines that haven' t been modified and stop using them until the modification has is complete. In a spin. Is my Hotpoint tumble dryer at risk of fire ?

However, Ms Tolhurst told MPs on Tuesday that after reviewing the company's actions "we have informed Whirlpool of our intention to serve a recall notice as a next step of the regulatory process".

"This is unprecedented action," she told the Commons.

The government has been criticised over the time it has taken to serve Whirlpool with a recall notice.

Whirlpool issued a safety warning in 2015 after it found Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit dryers had a fault making them a fire risk and launched a programme of modifying faulty machines.

The problems were blamed on causing at least 750 fires over an 11-year period.

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Rachel Reeves, chairman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS), said: "Finally, over a year since we called for a recall of defective machines and 18 months since the BEIS Committee reported on Whirlpool's inadequate response to safety flaws, the government is at last showing some teeth and taking long overdue action on Whirlpool.

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Owners of the dryers affected that are yet to be modified are still advised to plug them out as a fire Image: Whirlpool has been accused of taking too long to apply fixes to machines identified as a fire In April, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) estimated 500 , 000 tumble dryers had

Owners of affected Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryers have been told to unplug them in Owners of potentially dangerous Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryers have been warned by Around 200, 000 are still awaiting repair by parent company Whirlpool, according to the firm's own To check if your machine requires a repair, you can visit the safety websites of Hotpoint, Indesit or Swan

"The company's modification of defective machines has proceeded at snail's pace, leaving up to half-a-million unmodified and potentially unsafe tumble driers still in people's homes."

She called on the government to explain what had prompted it to pursue the recall, as well as a "full explanation" from Whirlpool when the company appears before MPs in July.

Which? said the recall move was a "hugely significant step", but suggested the notice should include modified machines as well.

The consumer group's head of campaigns, David Chaplin, said: "But there will be serious questions if this recall only addresses the 500,000 unmodified machines that Whirlpool has already struggled to locate.

"The government must urgently explain what it is going to do about the millions of modified machines still in people's homes, following serious concerns that have been raised by people who have experienced fires, smoke and burning despite the so-called fix."

A review by the OPSS found a low risk of harm or injury from modified machines and recommended consumers could continue using them.

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