Russell Hobbs Issues Product Recall After Irons Cause Injuries

Consumers Have Been Urged To Stop Using Affected Model Immediately


Russell Hobbs has issued a product recall for 15 different types of steam irons over fears that the products could cause injuries to consumers.

A number of people reported to BBC’s Watchdog programme that they had been injured when their Russell Hobbs irons burst into flames, causing burn injuries.

Viewers told the programme they were using the iron when they heard a loud noise, saw sparks, flames and smoke coming from the product while they were using it.

The irons affected by the recall are those with the codes: 15081, 18651, 18720, 18741, 18742, 18743, 19220, 19221, 19222, 19400, 19840, 20260, 20280, 20550-10, 20560-10.

Customers have been urged to stop using the devices immediately over the safety fears and the company said the problems experienced by customers related to the products flex.

The vice president of Russell Hobbs' parent company, Tim Wright, admitted the firm first knew about the problem 18 months ago, and apologised to all those who had been hurt.

Expert Opinion
Manufacturers have a duty to consumers to ensure the products they release to the market are safe for use. It appears in this case that Russell Hobbs knew about potential safety issues with its irons, but was very slow to act, which may have resulted in more people being injured.

“We welcome the decision to recall the products thought to be affected by the problems with the flex cord, but it is crucial the delay in announcing the recall is investigated.

“Lessons must be learned from the problems discovered with these products and it is vital Russell Hobbs reassures consumers that everything possible is being done to prevent similar issues impacting other household products and that the manufacturing and testing process is of the highest quality.”
Kevin Timms, Solicitor

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