Is YOUR wash­ing ma­chine a killer?

Huge wash­ing ma­chines re­call

Daily Star - - FRONT PAGE - ■ by BERNY TORRE

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 wash­ing­ma­chinere­ or by call­ing 0800 316 1442, quot­ing the model and se­rial num­ber, found in­side the door.

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