No product recall is required for the brand of fridge-freezer fingered as the source of the Grenfell Tower of the fire, an investigation has concluded.
The independent review assessed that the Hotpoint FF175B model posed “low risk” and does not need changes.
Consumers are informed that you can make using the model as normal.
Whirlpool, which owns the Hotpoint brand, has said that consumers could be reassured. Has sent his condolences to the families of those who have died.
He said that the owners of the model that had all the concerns you may still contact the company. Tens of thousands of fridge-freezers of this type were manufactured between 2006 and 2009.
Corporate secretary Greg Clark ordered an appraisal of the fridge-freezer after it has been identified by the Metropolitan Police to be involved in a fire that killed 71 people, in June of last year.
The product safety investigation looked at the remains of the fridge-freezer is recovered from the fourth floor of Grenfell Tower, as well as other devices of the same model.
Independent experts, commissioned by the Department for Business, said that “the product has passed the legal safety requirements and that the risk associated with the model is assessed as low”.
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This finding was verified by the government’s chief scientific adviser, John Loughhead, who described the investigation as “robust”.
“Given the robust technical investigation, support his conclusion that no product recall or other corrective action is necessary, and that the people who own this particular model may continue to use it as normal,” he said.
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Jeff Noel, a spokesman for the Tub – which has led the survey – said: “there is Nothing more important to us that the safety of the people. We want to reassure consumers that these models are safe and that people can continue to use them as normal.
“We are committed to helping the Grenfell Tower of the Investigation in every way possible, as it is proposed to examine all the possible causes of the fire and the spread.
“We express our deepest sympathy to all those affected by the fire victims, those who have lost their loved ones, homes and possessions, and for their friends and families.”
But Peter Vicary-Smith, chief executive of consumer group Which? he said: “we believe that the UK’s safety regulations are inadequate for the plastic-backed refrigerators and therefore comply with these standards is insufficient protection for consumers.
“Our tests show that the plastic-backed refrigerators are a potential fire risk and should be withdrawn from the sale. Whirlpool must urgently clarify whether this model has had this type of flammable support.”
Last month, it was revealed that the Grenfell Tower of fire had asked for an investigation into the incomplete records of gas pipes in high-rise buildings.
Cadent Gas, which manages and maintains the local pipe in four regions of England, has said that some blocks have been omitted from its 10-year investigation. The company has warned energy regulator Ofgem, which is investigating.
The support service for the owners of the Hotpoint model is 0800 316 3826 or via www.hotpointservice.co.uk/fridgefreezer