People told to unplug dangerous tumble dryers

Tumble dryer

Whirlpool has upgraded its warning to owners of faulty Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda machines and warned customers not to use their tumble dryers if they are subject to a recall. Its website says: “If your tumble dryer is affected by this issue then you should unplug it and do not use it until the modification has taken place.”

In some cases, excess fluff can come into contact with the heating element and present a fire risk.

It is thought that 5.3 million machines are affected.

Alex Neill, managing director of Which?’s home and legal services said: "Fundamentally, we now believe a full recall is necessary and the Government must urgently address the issues with the product safety system as it shouldn't require the threat of judicial review to ensure that consumers are protected from dangerous products.

"Our advice is to go straight to Whirlpool to demand your machine is fixed, but also try speaking to the retailer you bought it from."