Tumble dryers are back in the news after a fire took place in Shepard’s Bush, London which took place in an eighteen storey block of flats.
Thankfully nobody was injured in this incident.
Now whilst many reports would seem to have this as being the fault of the tumble dryer so far, there is only a belief that it was the dryer, we do not know for sure that this was the cause. That said, fire investigators do seem to think that the tumble dryer was the cause.
The London Fire Brigade (LFB) have been pretty vocal about int with Ron Dobson, the London Fire Commissioner saying:
"If my kitchen had one of the recalled goods in it, I would unplug it straight away until it has been checked and repaired.
"The speed with which the fire took hold shows how dangerous a faulty tumble dryer can be - that's why we are calling for Whirlpool to urgently change their advice to consumers.
"The flat's occupants had a terrifying ordeal. The kitchen quickly became smoke logged and thankfully they noticed the smoke and quickly left the flat and called the Brigade.
"If your appliance is subject to a safety or recall notice or you think there is something wrong with it our advice is simple - unplug it immediately and contact the manufacturer or a qualified repair technician."
Whirlpool issues a pretty straight forward statement that said, “Our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident. The cause of the fire is currently unknown and we will assist London Fire Brigade in any way we can as they investigate. We are looking into the circumstances surrounding the fire as a matter of urgency. As investigations are currently ongoing, we are unable to comment further at this time.”
Meanwhile Which? has compiled a list of the models that are affected that can be identified and we are publishing this as it would seem that, if the model is incorrectly entered then the machine may be flagged as not affected when, it could be.
Even if you have checked we would urge owners of any of these models to recheck and be sure that the tumble dryer you have is okay.
Creda Tumble Dryer
TCR2, TCS3, TVR2, TVS3, TVU1
Hotpoint Tumble Dryer
AQC9BF5E, AQC9BF5S, AQC9BF7E, AQC9BF7E1, AQC9BF7I, AQCF852BI, AQCF852BU, AQCF952BI, CTD00, CTD40, CTD80, CTD80T, CTD85A, FETC70CP, FETV60CP, SUTCD97B6PM, TCAL83C6P, TCAL83CG, TCAM80C, TCD970, TCD975P, TCD980, TCD985BPX, TCDET77BEPUK, TCDET87BEP, TCEL87B6, TCEM80C6, TCFG87C6, TCFM70C6, TCFM80CG, TCFM90C6P, TCFS73BG, TCFS83BG, TCFS93BG, TCFSM87B6PY, TCHL73CR, TCHL83CR, TCL770, TCL780, TCM570, TCM580, TCM585BG, TCUD93, TCUD93B6G, TCUD97B6, TCYL757C6, TCYL757CG, TCYM750C6P, TCYM750CP, TVAL73C, TVAM70C, TVEL75B6A, TVEL75C6, TVEM70C6P, TVF760, TVF770, TVFET75B6, TVFG65B6, TVFG65C6G, TVFG85C6, TVFM60C6P, TVFM70BG, TVFM80CG, TVFS73BG, TVFS83CG, TVHM80C, TVM560, TVM562, TVM570P, TVM572, TVYL655C6, TVYL655CG, TVYM650C6P, TVYM650CP, VTD00, VTD20, VTD60, VTD6000P, VTD60T, VTD65
Indesit Tumble Dryer
IDC75, IDC85, IDC8T3B, IDCA735, IDCA7H35BTM, IDCA835, IDCA8350, IDCA835BS, IDCA835EU, IDCA835S, IDCE7H35BTM, IDCE845, IDCE8450K, IDCL75BHEU, IDCL85BH, IDCLG5BH(EU), IDV65, IDV75, IDVA735, IDVL75BFR, IDVL75BR, IDVL85, IS60V, IS60VU, IS70C, ISA60V, ISL60V, ISL70C