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 https://washingmachinerecall.whirlpool.co.uk
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.