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Consumer body warns of potential fire risk in some Hotpoint dishwashers

The National Consumer Agency has issued a safety alert relating to Hotpoint dishwashers

7 September 2013

The National Consumer Agency, the consumer safety body in Ireland, has issued a safety alert  and is working with Hotpoint who have announced a ‘voluntary repair programme’ in order to address a potential fire hazard in a number of dishwashers sold in Ireland.

The affected models are the Hotpoint DWF3 series, DWM37 and DC26 and were sold between January 1999 and September 2003. Nearly 14,000 of these branded dishwashers were sold in Ireland between 1999 and mid 2003 through a number of retail outlets, and is thought that between 1,000 and 2,000 of these models are still in use in Ireland. There is a risk of the parts overheating and causing a fire hazard. 

This latest safety alert follows an announcement made by Hotpoint in April 2013 when 71,000 dishwashers were recalled.  Once again the dishwashers posed a potential fire risk. The affected dishwashers were manufactured between June 2006 and March 2007 and include models numbered FDW201, FDW601 and FDW65A.

Hotpoint say that they are working to notify customers who have bought a potentially hazardous dishwasher, advising them to get in touch with Hotpoint’s customer services department. The company is also organising free repairs of the affected models. 

As of April 2013 Hotpoint had no “confirmed issues” affecting models in Ireland. This was despite consumer group Which? alerting Hotpoint to issues as far back as April 2012. 

Leigh Day is currently investigating a number of house fires caused by allegedly faulty appliances by different manufacturers, including Beko, Bosch and Hotpoint. 

Product liability lawyer Jill Paterson has previously urged companies to do more to ensure consumers aware of the potentially fatal consequences of an appliance in their homes. Leigh Day is running a campaign, Expect It’s Safe, which is calling on manufacturers of white goods to do more to alert consumers about goods which have the potential to cause house fires.

To speak to a member of the consumer safety team at Leigh Day please phone on 020 7650 1219.

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