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The saga over millions of fire-risk-dryer has exposed a global failure at the UK’s product safety system, according to Mps.

Whirlpool’s response defect affecting 5.3 million machines have been “dismal”, the Committee said.

It is unacceptable that more than a million potentially dangerous hair-were still used in the homes of the people, the committee added.

The company said its repair campaign has been relatively successful.
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The default in a dryer sold under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands, owned by Whirlpool, has been discovered in 2015, and has led to at least 750 fires since 2004, the Company, of companies and of the Industrial Strategy Committee has said.

The dryers were sold over the course of 11 years in the united KINGDOM.

Rachel Reeves, who chairs the committee, said: “Tourbillon dismal response of the defects in its dryers caused huge concerns for people with these devices in their homes.

“Their delay and dismissive response to the correction of these defects has been inadequate, and we call Whirlpool to resolve the problems urgently.”

A spokesman for the company said: “Whirlpool of vast course of a tumble-dryer change campaign has achieved a resolution rate three times higher than the industry average for a product recall.

“We continue to ask consumers to contact us immediately if they believe that they are still affected device. We can guarantee consumers that they if they contact us now, they may receive a resolution within a period of a week.”

Separate electrical fault with the door switch on a Whirlpool dryer “on the balance of probabilities”, caused a fire that killed two men in north Wales.

The coroner in the inquest into the death of Doug McTavish and Bernard Hender to Llanrwst, north Wales, described the evidence presented to the inquiry by Whirlpool, a “defensive and dismissive”, and stated that the company was an “obstacle” to find measures to prevent future fires.

The committee has examined the present, and the high-profile fires such as Grenfell Tower, and concluded that there were broader questions about the safety of the products.

In spite of the improvement of technology and the evolution of regulation, the number of fires involving faulty electrical appliances and leads in England remained fairly constant between 4 300 and 5 000 a year, he found.

He said that there appeared to be significant risks associated with plastic-backed fridge freezer, due to the number of fires that are associated with them.


Ms. Reeves also said that there was “a strong case for a single national product safety agency”.

“These problems go further than just a company. Whirlpool has highlighted flaws in the UK of the product safety regime that is fragmented and limited means,” she said.

She suggested that it had been “slow and painful” the government’s progress in response to an independent review two years ago by Lynn Faulds-Wood, who had suggested a national agency.

Ms Faulds-Wood has told the BBC last year that she felt her report had been ignored by the government,

The Department of Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy, said that it would be “little time to respond” to the recommendation of a national product safety authority.

“We have already taken a number of measures to improve our product safety regime, including the upgrade of the government recalls website to make it clear to the public that the white products are safe to use,” a spokesman said.

But Alex Neill, from consumer group Which?, said: “Despite hundreds of reported cases of fires and of numerous reviews, the UK’s product safety system is always in outage and threatening the lives of millions of consumers.”