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Hotpoint and Indesit dishwashers fire risk

Component could overheat becoming a fire hazard

Woman looking into dishwasher

Indesit Company has issued a safety warning on some of its Indesit and Hotpoint dishwashers after cases of the appliance catching fire.

A component in some Hotpoint and Indesit dishwashers manufactured between January 2008 and July 2010, has been identified as a potential fire hazard as it may overheat. 

Which? reported back in April 2012 and October 2013 that there appeared to be a disproportionate number of fires attributed to Hotpoint dishwashers, even taking into about the brand’s popularity and large market share.

Which? members can log in now to read our full report from 2013 – Is your kitchen a fire risk? – or if you’re not already a member, sign up to a £1 trial for access to all our expert advice and reviews, including our . 

Is your Hotpoint or Indesit dishwasher affected?

To find out if you own an Indesit or Hotpoint dishwasher affected by the recall you will need to check the model and serial number – these can be found on the sticker on the inside edge of the door, on the left or right hand side. 

The only way to definitely find out if you own an affected model is to visit the Hotpoint website and input the model number. 

Currently we know that following models are affected:

  • FDW70
  • FDW75
  • FDW80
  • FDW85A

You will have an affected model if it also has one of the following serial numbers:

  • S/N 50401 
  • S/N 80531

As there are other models affected, we recommend visiting Hotpoint’s website. 

Consumers are being asked to call 0344 822 5201 if they have an affected model, and a qualified engineer with be sent to their home to fix the fault. Those who have registered their model are being contacted.

To read the Which? expert advice on product recalls, or to share your experiences, take a look at our guide to. 

Which? investigates faulty appliances

Which? raised concerns over the number of household fires that were linked to Hotpoint dishwashers back in 2012. In April 2013 Hotpoint recalled the FDW20, FDW60 and FDW60A dishwashers (although it contacted some owners in October 2012). 

In July 2013 we raised further concerns with Hotpoint specifically about the DWF3 range, but a safety notice wasn’t issued for those, and DC26 models, until November 2013.

Find out more about the recalls of Hotpoint DWF3 and DC26 dishwashers and Hotpoint FDW2 and FDW6 range

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