Whirlpool urgently recall 21 more Hotpoint and Indesit models as washing machines present fire risk – Hertfordshire Mercury

Thousands of consumers have been put at risk by faulty washing machines in their homes, the London Fire Brigade warns.

Home appliances manufacturer Whirlpool has added a further 21 Hotpoint and Indesit models of washing machines to its list of recalled products.

The American-based company recalled more than 50,000 washing machines late last year and, while Whirlpool has managed to replace or repair more than 177,000, there are still a number of households at risk.

It means more than 300,000 people could have potentially lethal washing machines inside their own home.

One of the issues with the machine is that the door locks could catch fire due to overheating during the wash cycle.

As a result of the coronavirus lockdown, the London Fire Brigade has expressed concerns over how quickly Whirlpool could safely remove the products from homes.

The company has, however, ensured the safety of both its customers and staff by putting in place additional measures such as contactless delivery and ensuring staff have PPE and hand sanitiser.

The Brigade’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner for Fire Safety, Charlie Pugsley, said: “We’ve been highlighting the issue of door switches causing fires in different white goods to Whirlpool and the industry for some time.

“We’re pleased they are taking further steps to get these potentially deadly washing machines out of people’s homes and offering replacements, but it’s concerning that five months on, so many further models at
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