Certain models of condenser and vented tumble dryers sold over the last 11 years under the Creda, Hotpoint, and Indesit brands in the UK have been issued with fire risk warnings.
The companies are currently in the process of contacting customers who may be affected, and an online tool is available on the Indesit website to check if your tumble dryer is a fire risk.
Safety warning on the Indesit and Hotpoint websites say “In some rare cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a risk of fire.” and customers are advised not to leave their appliance running unattended.
The warning was issued after Whirlpool conducted an investigation into tumble dryers sold by Hotpoint and Indesit between April 2004 and September 2015.
So, at least 3 years after the initial story breaking there are still a lot of potentially dangerous tumble dryers out there. I was contacted by the BBC to make comment on the current situation which I declined on the grounds of legal implications of saying anything with so much at stake.
I think Whirlpool have said they will arrange to swap out affected problems now which I am much happier with but I would welcome comments below with your experiences on this.