Whirlpool is recalling another 55,000 washing machines from UK homes, after adding an extra 21 models to its list of Hotpoint and Indesit machines that pose a fire risk. The company has been recalling machines since January after discovering a fault with the doors.
The new warning follows further investigations into the fault and brings the total number of affected models to 66.
Back in January, Whirlpool said it needed to either repair or replace 519,000 machines in UK homes, issuing an urgent recall.
Whirlpool, which owns the two brands, then added another 5,000 to the list in the same month.
The company shared the news on Twitter yesterday with the post: “We are expanding our 9/1/2020 washing machine recall to include additional Hotpoint models in the UK and Ireland. Customers who may be affected should check by calling 0800 316 1442 or by visitinghttp://washingmachinerecall.whirlpool.co.uk.”
Seventy-nine fires are thought to have been caused by the overheating door locking system, a fault that develops over time, according to Whirlpool.
In a message on the website, Vice President Jeff Noel wrote: “Over the course of the last three months, 210,000 of you have registered your appliance as part of this recall. We are hugely grateful to you for getting in touch with us as part of this recall campaign, which has allowed us to register over 40 percent of affected customers.
“I’d also like to reassure