Faulty Household Appliances ‘Must Be Investigated Further’

Defective Product Lawyers Call For Further Action Following Which? Research


Specialist lawyers acting for victims injured as a result of faulty household appliances have called for more investigations to be held in to the issue, following new Which? research examining the defective products most likely to catch fire.

Following a Freedom of Information Act request, Which? has revealed government figures that 12,000 household fires were caused by appliances between 2011 and March 2014, with washing machines and tumble dryers being most likely to catch fire. Other appliances found to be high on the list included dishwashers, cookers, fridges, freezers and central heating systems.

In terms of specific brands, the research also found that Hoover washing machines accounted for 12 per cent of fires related to that specific appliance, which was thought to be high considering the company’s estimated market share in the area. It also made similar conclusions on the fact 38 per cent of dishwasher fires where the brand could be identified were linked to Hotpoint.

According to Which?, the figures specifically highlighted how appliances which mix water and electricity are most prone to catch fire. The body also called for more to be done to ensure dangerous products are recalled and taken out of use.

Specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell who act for those injured by defective products welcomed the research and urged that more is done to ensure that consumer safety comes first.

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