KBB news sites reported in the last two weeks that the Indesit Company had identified a fault and announced a “potential safety issue” with two of its tumble dryer models, and is carrying out a repair program in response, advising all consumers with the products in question to contact the company.
The fault reportedly relates to the large air-vented dryer and condensing dryer sold under the brand names Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda between April 2004 and October 2015. Indesit has stated that it is contacting the owners of the affected appliances to arrange a “free of charge upgrade”.
Indesit has stated that consumers can continue to use the affected dryers “provided they are not left unattended during operation”. “If left unmodified, in some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire,” the company said.
The company has launched a public campaign to announce the repair program to consumers and according to Indesit, it cannot speculate on the “specific figure” regarding the number of appliances that are affected by the fault, but estimates that a “significant number of units” will be affected.
According to the company, dryers produced after October 2015 are not affected by the issue due to modifications implemented by the company at the point of manufacture after it came across the fault.
The consumer champion Which? revealed howver that more than 100 Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryer models manufactured between April 2004 and October 2015 could pose a fire risk according to their research, and two weeks on from the news breaking about the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryer safety alert Which? lambasted the manufacturer as it still hadn’t listed the affected products that potentially pose a fire-risk.
Which? research revealled that 113 models of tumble dryer built during the affected period are included in the recall which represents 80% of all of those made during that time.
“With the manufacturer still failing to publish a list of models affected, we’ve compiled our own list. We researched this list using the safety.hotpoint.eu and safety.indesit.eu websites.
The tumble dryer experts at Which? checked the model names of more than 140 tumble dryers made between April 2004 and October 2015.
We found that 80 out of 93 Hotpoint tumble dryers produced during the period are included in the safety alert. Also included are 28 out of 37 Indesit tumble dryers manufactured in the same period and five out of 11 Creda dryers.”
Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda tumble dryers included in the fire safety alert