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Alleged Hotpoint dishwasher fire destroys kitchen

House fire linked to Hotpoint dishwasher as ITV news report over 600,000 models might still be in use

Nash burnt dishwasher

27 May 2014

Leigh Day are representing a 50 year old train driver from Kent after a fire which, according to the fire incident report, started within the door of a Hotpoint dishwasher in the kitchen of his house.
Danny Nash, a train driver from Rochester, Kent was meant to be at home on the day of the fire, but a change in shifts meant he wasn’t there when the fire occurred on 1st May 2014.

Mr Nash’s wife, Daphne, was on her way back from an appointment with her daughter when she arrived back home to find fire engines in the street after a neighbour had called the fire brigade.

The fire killed the family’s dog and there was extensive fire damage to the kitchen, and smoke damage to the entire property.

According to research from ITV News more than 844,000 dishwashers were sold with the same fault, which is alleged to have caused the fire in Mr Nash’s house and remain in homes. Although many were sold as Hotpoint - they were actually made by Bosch.

Leigh Day has joined many others in renewing demands for change to Britain's recall system for alleged faulty appliances.

According to ITV the dishwashers are sold under two labels:
  • Bosch Dishwasher FD 7901 to FD 8504
  • Hotpoint Dishwasher DWF3 and DC26
These models were manufactured between 1999 and 2005 - though they were available for sale later than that. So far, Bosch has traced 187,043 and Hotpoint has found 8,295. That means a total of 648,662 remain unaccounted for.

Jill Paterson, a Partner in Leigh Day’s product liability group said:

“Consumers should be entitled to expect that the products they bring into their homes are safe. We would urge everyone with one of the machines to check urgently if they have one of these potentially unsafe dishwashers in their home either via the manufacturer or by using the Recall UK.

“Much more must be done by manufacturers to ensure that people are made aware, no stone must be left unturned to ensure that those with potentially unsafe machines are aware of the hidden danger in their home.”

In July 2011 Bosch recalled 632,000 of the dishwashers. They had also made a further 212,000, which were sold under the Hotpoint brand.

According to ITV News customers were not told for more than a further two years, in Nov 2013.

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