Recall on tumble dryers made in Yate factory
THE government is to issue an "unprecedented" recall notice of thousands of tumble dryers made in Yate.
Four years ago Whirlpool issued a warning that Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit dryers had a fault which needed fixing and had been blamed for at least 750 fires over an 11-year period, according to the government.
People with an affected dryer were warned to unplug it and not to use it until an engineer had made a modification.
More than 5 million dryers were sold in the UK and it is thought up to 500,000 could still be in use.
Whirlpool said safety was its "number one priority".
It urged anyone still owning an affected dryer to contact the company immediately on 0800 151 0905.
Business minister Kelly Tolhurst said the recall notice was "unprecedented action".