Following the announcement by Whirlpool in December that a number of their washing machine models were at risk of fire, an additional 3 models have been added to the list. This means that customers will have to check again to see whether their model has a recall notice. Whirlpool has already recalled thousands of tumble dryers. A Whirlpool spokesperson said the Company ‘could contact 60% of those with the newly affected models’, but other would have to check for themselves.
Certain Hotpoint and Indesit models manufactured between 2014 and 2018 are affected by a faulty component in the door lock system that can overheat.
Whirlpool has repaired or replaced around 3.8m dryers since the fault was identified in November 2015, however the BBC Watchdog programme has reported cases of dryers catching fire following repairs. According to London Fire Brigade, Whirlpool appliances caused three times more fires than any other manufacturer. Consumer magazine ‘Which?’ has criticised Whirlpool’s approach as ‘fundamentally flawed’, saying it appears to favour Whirlpool’s interests over customer safety.
A list of affected models can be found at washingmachinerecall.whirlpool.co.uk/