The government has given Whirlpool notice that it intends to require the company to recall up to 500,000 of its tumble dryers over fire safety risk.
The dryers affected are the vented and condensing tumble dryers branded Hotpoint, Creda, Indesit, Swan or Proline, that were made between April 2004 and October 2015.
People with these products at home – which haven’t been modified – should unplug them and contact Whirlpool immediately on 0800 151 0905. Modified tumble dryers are safe to use as the fault has been rectified.
Rick Hylton, Chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council’s (NFCC) Home Safety Committee said: “NFCC welcomes this announcement. Though this is unprecedented action from the government, more robust measures must be put in place to ensure people are not using unsafe white goods in their homes years after a fault has been identified.
“It is really important for people to register appliances online, so they can be the first to know about appliance safety issues or recalls.”