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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood writes crime and policing news and graduated Teesside Uni with a degree in Crime & Investigation.

435K of tumble dryers have been recalled as they pose a risk of fire to people’s homes.

Whirlpool have issued the urgent appeal to owners of the dryers warning that the faulty machines that have not yet been replaced or modified to come forward.

Only 65K owners of the dryers have come forward from the 500K product recall which was issued in July.

Due to the seriousness of the recall the firm have today issued an urgent recall for the remaining 435K dryer owners to come forward.

They have warned that it is vital for owners to get in touch as matter of urgency.

The recall was ordered by the office for product safety and standards (OPSS). which related to models of Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline dryers built between 2004 and 2015.

Ahead of the recall, some 1.7 million had already been modified during a safety campaign launched in 2015 following the discovery of a fault that allows fluff from clothes to reach heating elements.

In evidence previously given to MPs, Whirlpool revealed in recent years it had logged 54 fires in its tumble dryers and that three of those were in models that had already been updated.

Whirlpool vice president Jeff Noel said: “We’re hugely grateful to everyone who has come forward so far, but, if there are people still out there with affected dryers, please contact us immediately.

“Nothing matters more to us than people’s safety, so it’s absolutely vital that we can identify where these affected dryers are and resolve the issue.

“We can assure consumers that we are doing everything we can, and that we can quickly provide a remedy as soon as they get in touch.”

Anyone with an affected dryer have been instructed to unplug it immediately and stop using it.

Customers should call 0800 151 0905 or visit ww.whirlpool.co.uk/dryerrecall to check if their dryer is affected.

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