Whirlpool Corporation: Tumble Dryers

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 18th June 2019.

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Photo of James Frith James Frith Labour, Bury North

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to reopen the Office for Product Safety and Standards review of Whirlpool tumble dryers following continued consumer concerns.

Photo of Kelly Tolhurst Kelly Tolhurst Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Office for Product Safety and Standards published a report of its review in April 2019 and issued a decision letter requiring Whirlpool to take action in a number of areas. OPSS has been assessing the response by Whirlpool closely and the investigation remains ongoing.

On 4th June the Office for Product Safety and Standards notified Whirlpool of its intention to serve a recall notice in respect of the remaining unmodified tumble dryers still in use. This is the appropriate next regulatory step.

We are following up on all information referred to us about consumers who have experienced a serious issue with affected machines.

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