Hun­dreds of fridges, freez­ers and fridge freez­ers cur­rently on sale in shops across the UK are po­ten­tially un­safe

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The con­sumer body Which? has de­scribed 250 of the most pop­u­lar fridges and freez­ers on sale in the UK as ‘po­ten­tially un­safe’, adding that they could be putting lives at risk. The or­gan­i­sa­tion has de­manded that re­tail­ers im­me­di­ately stop sell­ing the mod­els it iden­ti­fied af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that the back­ing ma­te­rial on al­most half of all the fridges, freez­ers and fridge-freez­ers tested was made of an un­safe plas­tic that posed a fire risk.

Its list of the 250 ‘don’t buy’ mod­els in­cludes ap­pli­ances made by many of the lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers, in­clud­ing AEG, Ken­wood, Hot­point, Hot­point, Zanussi, In­de­sit, Whirlpool, Hoover, Bush and Ikea.

As stated by the or­gan­i­sa­tion, “These Don’t Buys ap­pli­ances ac­count for 45 per cent of the fridge, freezer and fridge-freez­ers we (Con­sumer As­so­ci­a­tion, UK) carry re­views for, sug­gest­ing the pro­por­tion of po­ten­tially un­safe ap­pli­ances in shops is wor­ry­ingly high. Never be­fore have we is­sued our Don’t Buy warn­ing on such a mas­sive scale. Yet the man­u­fac­ture and sale of these prod­ucts re­mains com­pletely le­gal, thanks to flawed cur­rent safety stan­dards that won’t be re­placed un­til 2019.

“Stop mak­ing and sell­ing fire-risk fridges, freez­ers and fridge-freez­ers. We’re calling on man­u­fac­tur­ers to make prod­uct safety a pri­or­ity and im­me­di­ately stop mak­ing fridges, freez­ers and fridge-freez­ers with plas­tic back­ing. Re­tail­ers should im­me­di­ately stop sell­ing these prod­ucts to keep them out of peo­ple’s homes and en­sure con­sumers aren’t un­know­ingly spend­ing hun­dreds of pounds on po­ten­tially un­safe ap­pli­ances.”

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