Thousands of customers across the UK have been put at risk by faulty washing machines that ‘could catch fire’, 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 over 50,000 washing machines 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.
However, the company has 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