Whirlpool have issued a safety notice for a large number of tumble dryers.
The tumble dryers affected are from the Hotpoint, Indesit & Creda brands. Whirlpool carried out a safety audit after buying the Indesit business in 2014, they noted that a large build up of fluff in the machines could end up touching the heating element and cause a fire.
The safety notice affects a large number of dryers sold between April 2004 and October 2015. Whirlpool have set up a dedicated website for owners to check if their dryer needs to be mended, after checking model number and serial number of your dryer, you will be told if it is one of the affected models and can register your details for an engineer visit.
The official information from the company is that the tumble dryers can still be used but must not be left unattended while running and that the fluff filter should be cleaned out after every drying cycle. The machine must not be used to dry clothes without the fluff filter fixed securely in place.
Hotpoint produced a video that shows owners how to clean and care for their tumble dryers
If you own a Hotpoint, Indesit or Creda brand tumble dryer you can check if it is affected by this issue by visiting http://safety.hotpoint.eu