KITCHEN appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has announced that it will recall nearly half a million washing machines, just months after it launched a recall of potentially dangerous dryers.
The firm revealed that as many as 519,000 washing machines sold under the Hotpoint and Indesit brands in the UK and Spanish regions such as Costa Blanca between October 2014 and February 2018 could be affected. The problem lies due to a fault with the door-locking system that could lead to the washing machine overheating and catching on fire.
Representatives of Whirlpool urge owners of appliances bought since 2014 to contact Whirlpool immediately to check if their washing machine is one of the models which are affected. They added that the compnayt is working tirelessly to officially begin the recall in early January.
In the meantime, they advise consumers to unplug their washing machines and not use them. For those that urgently need them, they can use a cold wash of less than 20 degrees.
President Jeff Noel said that the company is recalling the products for people’s safety and that they will do whatever it takes to make the situation right by protecting their customers. This he added is in line with the firm’s leading quality standards.