US dryer firm axes fire-risk trade-in deal

Sunday Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - BY STEPHEN HAY­WARD

AN­GRY MPs have hit out at Whirlpool for scrap­ping a £50 trade-in scheme to re­place its fire-prone tum­ble dry­ers.

Rachel Reeves MP, chair­woman of the Busi­ness, En­ergy and In­dus­trial Strat­egy Com­mit­tee, crit­i­cised bosses who failed to re­veal the scheme was clos­ing when they faced the com­mit­tee in Oc­to­ber.

It cov­ered Whirlpool brands in­clud­ing Creda, Hot­point and In­de­sit.

About one mil­lion faulty dry­ers are still in homes.

Lon­don Fire Bri­gade last month said Whirlpool ma­chines caused 895 fires in the cap­i­tal in eight years.

Whirlpool said the trade-ins were scrapped due to a “lack of de­mand”.

But the US firm added own­ers could still or­der a free safety mod­i­fi­ca­tion.

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