Posted: Wednesday 31st May 2017
Hertfordshire County Council's Trading Standards is urging residents to be aware of safety notices issued by two companies relating to faulty tumble dryers. These type of defective products can pose a fire risk when used unwittingly by consumers. According to the Local Government Association, there were 2,190 fires caused by tumble dryers between 2012 and 2014 across all manufacturers, which equates to three a day.
Please find some more information below and full details about the product recalls are available on the companies’ websites.
The safety notice relates to a batch of Logik tumble dryers, model LVD7W15. In the affected products, the heating element can overheat and may lead to a fire. Details of the safety notice issued by Currys can be found here
The safety notice relates to Beko and Blomberg 8kg and 9kg condenser tumble dryers, manufactured between May and October 2012. The affected models are DSC85W, DCU8230W, DCU9330R, DCU9330W and TKF8439A. As part of ongoing product monitoring, Beko Plc identified a production batch with a faulty component supplied by a third party. In rare circumstances the component could fail and overheat, potentially leading to a risk of fire. Details of the safety notice issued by Beko can be found here
The businesses are contacting consumers they believe have bought one of the affected models. If anyone believes they have one, they should contact the relevant company directly.
Contact details are included in the safety notices on the companies’ websites.
If you have brought one of these models, we strongly advise you to stop using affected appliances until you have contacted the relevant company and, if necessary, your appliance will be checked by an authorised engineer.
Both notices relate to a relatively low number of units so the issue should be resolved fairly promptly.
Hertfordshire County Council’s Community Protection Manager, Russell Reeder, said: "In both instances, Currys, and Beko Plc have acted responsibly, made us aware of the issues and kept us fully informed. We fully support the decisions made by both businesses. Hertfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Department is always available to give advice on safety issues and we’d like to urge the public to be vigilant and look out for safety warnings and product recalls, and also to register their appliances online.”
We recommend that consumers register their appliances at www.registermyappliance.org.uk so that they can be sure they receive any relevant safety information.
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