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Faulty machines owned by white goods' giant Whirlpool could burst into flames. The risk lies with a build up of fluff coming into contact with the heating element.


Problems  involved driers sold under the Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline brands in the 11 years up to September 2015.


Only in February did Whirlpool finally tell consumers to unplug and stop using the potentially dangerous machines until repairs are carried out.


The Local Government Association in England and Wales said the delayed advice took too long to be issued given the “risk of affected tumble dryers catching fire and ultimately, putting people's lives in serious danger.


"For needless months, consumers have been playing ‘Russian roulette' with at-risk tumble dryers prone to bursting into flames and destroying homes, and with firefighters attending three fires a day caused by the appliances.”


A faulty Indesit tumble dryer subject to a safety notice caused a huge blaze in a London tower block blaze in August. The fire seriously damaged part of the 18-storey high rise block and took 120 firefighters to bring under control.


Now 869 of the defective tumble driers in the Western Isles have been repaired or replaced says isles MP,  Angus MacNeil.


A letter from Maurizio Pettorino, managing director of Whirlpool UK, stated that 11 islanders are still waiting for their machine to be fixed.


Mr MacNeil said: “I am still in contact with the manufacturer regarding individual cases which have been raised with me, however they have informed me that they are making efforts to provide resolutions to all customers.”




Nearly 900 island households were using fire risk tumble driers  

17 March 2017

A faulty tumble dryer caused a blaze in a tower block

London Fire Brigade

Around 880 Western Isles families had tumble driers at the centre of a fire safety alert.