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Dishwashers recalled because of potential fire hazard

Specialist faulty consumer goods solicitor Jill Paterson highlights potential fire hazards of some white goods

Photo of dishwasher: istock

25 February 2012

Bosch has re-launched its advertising campaign to further publicise the potential defects affecting dishwashers, previously recalled in July 2011.  Certain models of Bosch, Neff and Siemens dishwashers were subject to a voluntary recall by the manufacturers due to a risk that the control panel may overheat, posing a potential fire hazard.  It has been reported that “several” affected appliances have burst into flames to date.
 
Affected models are those manufactured between 1999 and 2005 from batch number FD 7901 to FD 8504.  Helpful guidance can be found here to identify affected dishwashers.
  
Reports indicate that there were 237 models sold under the Bosch, Neff and Siemens brands.  Estimates suggest that there are 632,000 dishwashers affected in the UK, of the 2.2million sold during this period.  BSH Home Appliances are offering an in-home repair programme for customers who own affected dishwashers.
 
The UK recall would appear to follow on from the recall in the USA in relation to the same models, in January 2009.  The advice given to consumers was to “stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed”.  In the UK it has been reported that Bosch state, “There is a possibility that a fire could break out in the control panel.  If unattended, the fire could potentially spread beyond the dishwasher.”

Specialist product liability lawyers at Leigh Day have extensive experience of dealing with defective goods that have caused injury and loss.  The team has been identified by Chambers guide to the legal profession and by the Legal 500 as the UK’s number 1 firm in this field. The team has secured significant amounts of compensation for people who have been injured by faulty medical devices (including hip replacements), unsafe drugs and other faulty consumer products such as dishwashers, fridge, and freezers.  If you would like to speak to one of our product liability solicitors please contact Jill Paterson on 020 7650 1219 for a free and friendly initial consultation.

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