Whirlpool Recalls More Than 500,000 Washing Machines Over Fire Risk

Updated: Aug 23

Whirlpool recalls more than 500,000 washing machines over fire risk More than half a million washing machines made by the manufacturing company Whirlpool must be recalled from UK homes because of the risk of them catching fire, the company has said.

A faulty door-locking system in Whirlpool’s Hotpoint and Indesit branded machines creates a fire risk as a result of overheating, the company said.

The company announced the news on Twitter, saying:

“We are recalling certain models of Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines made between 2014 and 2018 because of a potential safety concern.

If you think your washing machine might be affected, you can check by calling 0800 316 1442 or by visiting

They have advised consumers with affected models to unplug their machine until it is replaced.

“When the heating element in the washing machine is activated, in very rare cases a component in the door lock system can overheat, which, depending on product features, can pose a risk of fire,” a Whirlpool spokesperson told the BBC.

“People will rightly be asking what Whirlpool knew about these fire-risk machines and when, so there must now be a thorough investigation into this public safety issue.

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