A "significant number" of Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit tumble dryers could pose a fire risk, and it had identified a potential concern with two types of tumble dryers.

Following Whirlpool’s acquisition of the Hotpoint/Indesit brands, Indesit Company has closely reviewed the safety of its product portfolio.

The company said a “significant number” of Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit tumble dryers could pose a fire risk, and it had identified a potential concern with two types of tumble dryers – the large air vented dryer and the condensing dryer – sold under the brand names of Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda between April 2004 and September 2015.

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

Affected customers are being contacted so that their machine can be repaired but are being told they can still use their appliances as long as they are not left unattended while in operation. Customers with any concerns are being asked to check whether their model could be affected online or by calling Indesit.

A spokesman said: “We estimate that a significant number of units will be affected, but at this stage, we cannot speculate regarding the specific figure.

The affected brands are:

  • Hotpoint
  • Indesit
  • Creda

How can I find out if my model is affected:

Customers can check online whether their model is affected at http://safety.hotpoint.eu or http://safety.indesit.eu

What owners of these tumble dryers should do:

  • Check whether their model is affected at http://safety.hotpoint.eu orhttp://safety.indesit.eu
  • Contact Indesit if they have any concerns and have not yet been contacted about their tumble dryer.
  • Not leave the appliance unattended during operation.
  • Continue to use their appliances but until updated follow the original instructions for using the appliance.
  • Check the lint filter after every cycle.
  • Ensure proper venting as directed in the original operating manual.