- Gerald Jones MP demands answers from UK Government on danger of resold second-hand tumble dryers, following news that at least 500,000 Whirlpool tumble dryers pose a fire risk and are due for recall
- Whirlpool – owner of white goods brands Indesit, Hotpoint and many others – faces recall notice for around 500,000 tumble dryers following hundreds of home fires caused by faulty machines
- 5 million Whirlpool dryers sold in the UK in total – around half a million unmodified and posing a fire risk
- Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney MP challenges Government over dangers of second-hand sale of dryers, following huge cuts to local authority trading standards meaning less policing of fraud and faulty goods resale
In an Urgent Question in the House of Commons, Gerald Jones MP demanded answers from the Government Minister for Business and Energy on the danger of second-hand sales of faulty tumble dryers, following news that the Government will order a recall of half a million potentially faulty Whirlpool tumble dryers due to fire risk.
Due to continual cuts to local authority trading standards, many faulty tumble dryers have been sold second-hand via social media and the internet unchecked, often to those who cannot afford to purchase a dryer brand new through official retailers.
Gerald Jones said: “Might not many of these tumble dryers have been resold in the second-hand market?
If so, what is the Minister doing to assess the dangers of the resale of such machines, bearing in mind that local authority trading standards have been decimated by Tory austerity cuts?”