Is YOUR washing machine a killer?
Huge washing machines recall
HALF a million Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines will be recalled over a potential fire risk.
As many as 519,000 may have a fault with the door-locking system that could cause them to overheat and catch fire.
People who bought washers in the UK between October 2014 and February 2018 have been urged to unplug them, manufacturer Whirlpool said.
A spokesman added: “To avoid all risk associated with the use of affected models, consumers should unplug their washing machines and not use them.”
The recall should begin in early January and all affected customers will be able to claim a free replacement or free in-home repair, Whirpool said.
The firm also said it was doubling its customer service team and hiring 100 more engineers.
Vice President Jeff Noel added: “We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience and concern this may cause.
“But we hope people will understand we are taking action because people’s safety is our top priority.”
Whirlpool has been the subject of previous criticism after taking more than four years to recall its fire-risk tumble dryers.
Customers can check if their machine is affected at washingmachinerecall.whirlpool.co.uk or by calling 0800 316 1442, quoting the model and serial number, found inside the door.