US dryer firm axes fire-risk trade-in deal
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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