As we reported a few days ago it appears that Whirlpool are to launch what may be the largest appliance recall we’ve ever seen for a potential fire risk.
This confirms what we had learned through trade rumours and it would seem that speculation has turned to fact.
Over the weekend this topic entered the public domain after ITV aired a segment on the subject and published a follow up on its website here:
The modification or as Whirlpool want to call it, a “repair program”, we are informed, requires an addition to the drum to help clear fluff or lint and the replacement of the rear panel of the tumble dryer.
Reports suggest that in some cases (Whirlpool say it’s “rare”) that fluff can build up, touch the heater and ignite.
There is no mention of not using the appliance before the remedial work is carried out at this time which would suggest that it is not an immediate danger but, as Whirlpool have rightly stated we would urge some caution in use just the same and that the product not be left unattended in use.
Affected tumble dryer models have been sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands.
You can check if your tumble dryer is affected by this recall on the Hotpoint website here:
As noted in the article fro mITV, how long it will take to get your dryer made safe is completely unknown however, given that there are rumoured to be about a million of these tumble dryers in the field, possibly more, it may take a while to have them all looked at.
For those with trade access to the forums, you can read the full story as it unfolded in this thread. Please note that access to this is restricted to registered trade members only.