Monday, July 22, 2019

Whirlpool recalls fire-risk tumble dryers, years after fault was discovered

By Rob Picheta, CNN
Updated 6:35 AM ET, Mon July 22, 2019\

Home appliance maker Whirlpool has launched a recall of hundreds of thousands of tumble dryers from UK homes, years after it emerged they are at risk of catching fire.
The move was mandated by the UK government last month and follows the discovery that around 500,000 Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline-branded dryers produced between 2004 and 2015 were affected by the fault.
The US-based Whirlpool said anyone with an affected dryer should unplug it immediately.
The problem first came to light in November 2015 when it emerged that the heating elements of some dryers could cause fires when they came into contact with excess lint, but Whirlpool initially chose not to issue a general recall.


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