Families last night demanded full refunds for ‘death trap’ tumble dryers after they were told to stop using them.
More than 750 fires have been caused by machines sold by Whirlpool.
The US appliance giant issued a safety alert in November 2015, admitting that 5.3 million dryers sold under the Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline brands between 2004 and 2015 were a fire risk. But it said customers could keep using the machines with restrictions until an engineer was sent out to fix them.
Only now, 15 months later, has the company changed its advice and told people not to use the machines at all.
Customers expressed fury at Whirlpool’s handling of the issue, and demanded full refunds for the ‘ticking time bombs’.