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Chair calls for Government to consider Whirlpool recall

10 May 2018

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, calls for the Government’s Office for the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) to consider a full recall of defective Whirlpool machines, following a series of potentially deadly safety issues with its tumble-dryers.

Rachel Reeves has written to Andrew Griffiths (PDF PDF 210 KB), the Minister for Small Business, Consumers and Corporate Responsibility, to press the Minister on what actions the Government and OPSS are taking to ensure Whirlpool are making defective and modified tumble-dryers safe.

Chair's comments

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said:

"Whirlpool continue to refuse to take proper responsibility for defects in their tumble dryers, leaving many people still in the frightening situation where machines are acting as potential fire hazards in their own homes. Concerns about safety issues with modified Whirlpool machines and erroneous safety advice are a cause for further alarm.

When a company is failing to take adequate responsibility, we need the Government to step in and ensure consumers get the protection they deserve. Given the woeful paucity of Whirlpool’s actions to remedy this situation, the Office for Product Safety and Standards must now act and consider a full recall of defective machines to ensure this national product safety issue is resolved."

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