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Published on May 15th, 2018 | by The GC Team

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Hotpoint fridge freezer declared safe after Grenfell Fire

Whirlpool has moved to reassure owners of Hotpoint fridge freezers with the model numbers FF175BP and FF175BG that the products continue to be safe to use as normal.

The company said the appliances have been rigorously tested and analysed since it was suggested that the Grenfell Tower fire may have originated in the vicinity of a Hotpoint FF175BP model, and that two separate investigations have been undertaken – one led by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and a second led by product safety experts at Whirlpool Corporation.

Both investigations independently found no evidence of any fault with the model FF175BP or its colour variant FF175BG. They also confirmed that the models fully complied with all legal, safety, and regulatory requirements.

BEIS has advised Whirlpool there is no reason to undertake a recall or any other kind of corrective action, and confirmed that there is no reason to change the advice previously given to consumers that they may continue to use these appliances as normal.

Following the Grenfell fire, Whirlpool took the precautionary step of inviting consumers who owned these models to contact them and register their details so they could be reached if it was necessary to provide further information.

Whirlpool spokesman Jeff Noel said: “Nothing matters more to us than people’s safety. We wish to reassure consumers that these models are safe and that people may continue to use them as normal.

“We have fully co-operated with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy as it undertook its full and thorough investigations and has now confirmed that there are no concerns with these models.

“We wish to thank all owners of these appliances for their patience while these investigations have been carried out.”

Noel added that Whirlpool is committed to assisting the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in any way it can as it sets out to examine all the potential causes of the fire and how it spread.

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