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BEIS Committee Chair comments on Government’s Whirlpool recall

11 June 2019

Chair's comments

Rachel Reeves MP, Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee, has commented on Business Minister’s Kelly Tolhurst comments that Whirlpool has been informed of the Government's intention to serve a recall notice over the safety of its tumble dryers.

She said:

“Finally, over a year since we called for a recall of defective machines and 18 months since the BEIS Committee reported on Whirlpool’s inadequate response to safety flaws, the Government is at last showing some teeth and taking long overdue action on Whirlpool.

“The company’s modification of defective machines has proceeded at snail’s pace, leaving up to half a million unmodified and potentially unsafe tumble driers still in people’s homes. It’s not clear what has prompted this belated recall announcement – the Government need to set out why they have taken this action and how they meet ongoing concerns about those machines which have been modified. Whirlpool have consistently sought to downplay the seriousness of these safety issues. Whirlpool have too often treated this sorry saga as a PR matter, apparently seeking to put commercial considerations before customer safety. The BEIS Committee will expect a full explanation of their actions when Whirlpool appear before us in July”.

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