Some brands of dishwasher may pose a fire hazard

Up to 14,500 dishwashers manufactured under the Hotpoint and Indesit brands and sold here could pose a potential fire risk and need to be examined.

The machines were manufactured between 2008 and 2010 and are separate to a similar recall for products which were manufactured earlier than those years.

Hotpoint said it is aware of “a small number of cases” of dishwashers where an electrical component has failed.

“This may lead to overheating and in rare cases a potential fire hazard,” the company said.

A media report in Britain has quoted the company as confirming there have been 18 cases where appliances have caught fire.

Hotpoint said its “absolute priority” is to locate and modify every dishwasher that is affected and it wants anyone who purchased a machine between the relevant years to contact them with details of the serial number on their machine so it can be determined whether it is affected. The number is on a sticker on the inside of the door.

“This fault can be easily and quickly repaired by our qualified engineers who will visit affected customers’ premises and fit a newly manufactured component free of charge,” the company said. “While you are waiting for an engineer visit we recommend you do not leave the dishwasher unattended whilst in use.”

The company stressed that the problem does not affect any Indesit or Hotpoint model on sale today.

Anyone concerned their machine is affected should ring 0818 776188 or email dish-ie@hotpoint.co.uk


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