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Customers warned over fire-risk tumble dryers

The affected brands are all marketed in Ireland.

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CUSTOMERS HAVE BEEN warned that a number of tumble dryers sold in Ireland could potentially pose a fire hazard.

The warning relates to products sold under the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brand names.

Danger comes from a potential for fluff to come into contact with the heating element on the machine and then catch on fire.

The two types of machine affected are condensed and vented dryers produced between April 2004 and September 2015.

A spokesperson for Indesit told ITV that a large number of the machines were sold in the UK and a number of other countries over the past 11 years.

“We estimate that a significant number of units will be affected, but at this stage, we cannot speculate regarding the specific figure,” he said.

Currently all three affected brands are sold on the Irish market.

Indesit has said that it is currently performing a large scale outreach to customers with affected machines who will be provided with an engineering visit free of charge.

Customers are currently advised that they can still use their tumble dryers as long as they are not left unattended while in operation.

Anyone concerned about whether their model has been affected can check on Indesit’s website here. 

The company was not immediately available for comment when contacted this morning.

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