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UK regulator: Whirlpool must recall 500,000 washing machines

Christian Fernsby |
500,000 Whirlpool washing machines sold in Britain are to be recalled.

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This is following an order from the country’s safety regulator which found they pose a fire risk.

Whirlpool will start a recall and replacement program for the washing machines next month, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) said on Tuesday.

The recall will be undertaken by Whirlpool UK Appliances Ltd, which identified a fault in some Hotpoint and Indesit models sold since 2014.

According to OPSS’s advice, there is a risk that the door locks of affected machines could catch fire due to overheating during the washing process. It said affected consumers are advised to unplug their machines and register with Whirlpool for a no-cost replacement.

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