A huge number of tumble dryers sold in the last 11 years in the UK may need a repair due to fears about fires and a major repair programme is under way.
Large air-vented dryers and condensing dryers under the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands may need to be fixed to remove the risk of fire.
Apparently excess fluff could catch in the heating element in the machines and cause a fire so the company is recalling many dryers bought between April 2004 and October 2015.
It is asking owners to check whether their machine is one of those affected and, if so, to contact the company through its website. They have also said that the tumble dryers could still be used but not if they were to be left unattended. Doesn't exactly fill you with confidence does it, and I don't think there will be many people who will risk it.
If your drier is one of the ones affected and at risk you can request an engineer to visit to mend the machine, and the repair will take about an hour to complete.
There are an estimated 30 million Whirlpool, Indesit and Hotpoint machines in UK households, but the company said it would not speculate about exactly how many had been affected.
We were contacted about this issue by one of our readers who had been contacted directly by the manufacturers, but those who have not registered the machines cannot be contacted directly by the company so there may be many who are unaware of the risk.
If you have a Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda you can click here to see if your machine needs a repair to remove the fire risk.
Thanks to Alison for the information.