WHIRLPOOL is to FINALLY recall hundreds of thousands of fire-risk tumble dyers four years after safety concerns were first raised.
The company is in the process of replacing or repairing 4.3million appliances – but now the government has stepped in to order the firm to recall any machines that could still be a risk.
The potentially faulty machines come under the brand name of Creda , Hotpoint, Indesit, Proline, and Swan.
The machines can be dangerous because excess fluff can catch in the heating element and cause a fire.
Hotpoint believes that that there are between 300,000 and 500,000 fire-risk tumble dryers potentially still in people’s homes.
The Government has sent a letter to Whirlpool saying it will force the manufacturer to recall dodgy machines that have yet to be fixed.
Whirlpool now has 10 days to respond before the Government starts legal action.
In the meantime, Whirlpool could itself issue a voluntary recall, ask for the the case to go into an independent arbitrator to review, or even ignore the Government.
HERE’S how to know if your dryer is on the faulty list:Whirlpool, which owns the Hotpoint brands, says it has identified a potential concern with two types of tumble dryers manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015.The affected brands are:
Non-affected machines will have a green sticker on the inside of the dryer door or reverse of the machine.If your machine doesn’t have a green sticker, you need to check if it’s faulty. You can do this by locating the serial code and model number (found on the back of the dryer or on the back of the dryer door) and entering it onto the online checkers at safety.hotpoint.eu or safety.indesit.eu or safety-swan.eu.