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Published on February 24th, 2016 | by The GC Team


Whirlpool says two more brands in tumble dryer fire safety risk

Whirlpool has admitted that two further brands of tumble dryers, in addition to the Indesit, Hotpoint and Creda models recalled in November 2015, could also pose a fire safety risk.

17,000 Swan dryers sold since late 2014 exclusively through Shop Direct and 41,000 Proline dryers sold between 2004 and 2005 by brand owner Kesa, former parent of Comet, have the same problem as the recalled models named above, in which excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present the risk of fire.

The dryers were manufactured by Indesit, which was acquired by Whirlpool in 2014.

Whirlpool said the products were no longer in production and 26,500 Proline models are no longer in service.

No other tumble dryer brands are affected by the repair campaign, according to the company.

On issue of the Indesit, Hotpoint and Creda product recalls in November last year, Whirlpool said consumers may continue to use the affected dryers until they are modified through its outreach and service campaign, provided they are not left unattended during operation. “If left unmodified, in some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire,” the company said.

Since then, there have been a number of fires caused by the faulty dryers but Whirlpool has not changed its stance on the use of the unrepaired models. In January, a family was left homeless after an Indesit dryer destroyed their property.

Around 5 million dryers have been affected by the fault.

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