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9 Jul 2019

Whirlpool finally publishes list of fire-risk tumble dryers

627 tumble dryer models listed as affected

Four years on from admitting that many of its tumble dryers could pose a fire risk, Whirlpool has finally published the full list of at-risk models.

The list names 627 at-risk models, but we've identified just over 300 of those as being models sold outside the UK.

Although the list includes model numbers, it doesn't include the names of any of the affected tumble dryer brands.

Find out more: see all of our tumble dryer reviews

The list of fire-risk dryers

Which? had previously estimated that 127 UK models were at risk.

We've been calling for Whirlpool to name its fire-risk dryers since 2015.

How to check if your tumble dryer is affected

The models at risk include those from brands Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline, and consist of vented and condenser tumble dryers made between April 2004 and October 2015.

The list on its own isn't enough for consumers to determine whether a tumble dryer is one of the models at risk. To do this you need to type your tumble dryer's model number into a checker on the Whirlpool website.

Or you can call Whirlpool on 0800 151 0905 to find out whether your dryer needs a modification to repair it and arrange for it to be fixed or replaced.

If your tumble dryer is affected, you should unplug it and not use it until a modification has taken place.

Whirlpool tumble dryers: the story so far

Whirlpool vice president, Jeff Noel, agreed to publish the list while appearing before a House of Commons select committee investigating Whirlpool last week.

The investigation followed an announcement on 11 June 2019, when the government gave notice of its intention to serve Whirlpool with a recall notice for its fire-risk tumble dryers.

This followed the publication of the Office for Product Safety and Standards report into Whirlpool dryer fires in April 2019.

This report was labelled as 'fundamentally flawed and appearing to favour Whirlpool's interests over people's safety' by Which?.

It came just months after we revealed that more than 30 owners of modified fire-risk dryers had experienced fires, smoke or burning smells.

These included the case of Jemma Spurr, whose repaired tumble dryer caught fire in September 2018.

Jemma was also called to give evidence to last week's House of Commons select committee and fought back tears as she described how her house had gone up in flames with her children inside it.

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