The Whirlpool tumble dryer CRISIS has been rolling on for well over a year, with machines made by the company and its sub-brands of Indesit, Creda and a few others linked with hundreds of cases of fire. Finally, after endless battering to do so, it's told owners of affected machines to turn them off instead of continuing to use them with crossed fingers.
The new safety advice from Whirlpool is to unplug any machines included in the safety notice, which covers units made by Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda between 2004 and 2015. That is thought to cover 3.8 million dryers. Whirlpool says 1.5 million owners have registered to have theirs fixed, with 1.3 million repairs being made in the UK. So there's as many as 2.3 million potential fire hazard tumble dryers still out there, ominously spinning away, slowly building up a collection of bone dry fluff ready to ignite.
The likes of Which? are extremely happy about the new advice to stop using the machines entirely, as it's been complaining and petitioning the manufacturer to do more than fix dodgy machines as and when breakages occur. [Which?]