At a glance
  • Trading Standards have ordered new guidance, advising that Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit tumble dryers should not be used until they are repaired.
  • Lark deal with a number of household claims relating to white goods.
1st March 2017

Owners of potentially lethal tumble dryers warned not to use them

You may have seen in recent news that Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit tumble dryers have been behind a series of fires*.

Previously, Whirlpool, who own the brands, had said they were OK to use, providing someone was home to monitor them should the worst happen.

But since then, Trading Standards have ordered new guidance, advising they should not be used until they are repaired and the London Fire Brigade is in agreement.

The Brigade's assistant commissioner for fire safety, Dan Daly, said: "We attend nearly one fire a day involving white goods, and strongly believe that if your appliance is subject to a safety or recall notice, or you think there is something wrong with it, you should unplug it immediately and contact the manufacturer or a qualified repair technician."

A new statement on the Whirlpool safety website says: "If your tumble dryer is affected by this issue, then you should unplug it and do not use it until the modification has taken place."

Fires have been caused by excess fluff building in the machines, which can come into contact with the heating element and catch light.

Lark deal with a number of household claims relating to white goods, we advise that you should always follow manufacturers care advice regarding removing fluff etc and devices should always be monitored and not left on whilst the property is unoccupied.

*The dryers subject to the repair programme were manufactured between April 2004 and September 2015 under the Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline brands.