Boy loses arm in washing machine accidentCreda machine being tested by safety officials

13 October 2011


A three-year-old boy has lost an arm after apparently climbing into a Creda washing machine during its spin cycle.

According to reports, Lewis Lightfoot, from Crewe, managed to open the door and climb into the front-loading machine while it was mid-cycle. The machine is understood to have still been going when Lewis' mother Rachel Wrench found him. His left arm has been ripped off just below the shoulder.

The  machine involved was a 12-year-old Creda 800 (model number WM800/2). It was available in the UK between July 1999 and August 2000. A total of  2,430 were sold during that time.

Creda washing machine taken for tests

Trading standards officers have now taken the machine away for tests.

Which? home editor Liz Edwards said: 'Washing machines have had door locks, to prevent them opening mid-cycle, for more than 10 years. This has long been required by safety standards, so no doubt the tests will investigate whether there was a fault with this mechanism.'

Indesit Company responds

Creda, which is a brand purchased by Indesit Company in 2001, no longer makes washing machines. Which? has recently tested three Creda tumble dryers, with mixed results.

In a statement Indesit Company told Which?: 'Indesit Company has been shocked and deeply concerned to hear about this distressing incident. According to our records going back to 1999, we have not had any other similar cases. The machine would have had a safety lock fitted as standard to ensure that the door could not be opened while the machine was in use. 

'Our washing machines comply to all safety regulations and have door lock mechanisms. We would like to reassure all consumers that the reliability and safety of our products is always of the highest priority for Indesit Company.'

Which? will continue to talk to Indesit Company and safety officials and will ask for full details of the investigation.

More appliance problems

This is the latest safety incident affecting home appliances in recent months, though the brands involved are unconnected. 

In March we reported on exploding Candy washing machines. In July the London Fire Brigade warned of a Beko fridge freezer fire risk.

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