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Fire-risk tumble dryer bosses criticised by MPs

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Image captionImage 1: A tower block blaze in a Shepherds Bush Green flat last August is believed to have been caused by an Indesit tumble dryer

The manufacturers of a tumble dryer believed to be the cause of a Shepherds Bush tower block fire were this week criticised by MPs over safety concerns.

London Fire Brigade investigators confirmed an unsafe Indesit tumble dryer was believed to be the cause of a fire at Shepherd Court last August, and concerns about the company's actions since then were discussed in Parliament on Wednesday.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council wrote to residents after the fire, urging them to immediately stop using the Indesit, Hotpoint and Creda models until they had been repaired by the manufacturer.

But Whirlpool, which makes machines under all of those brand names, held off issuing similar guidance itself until recently.

MPs discussed the need for a product recall in this case, something long resisted by Whirlpool, during the Westminster Hall debate.

Consumer champions Which? have attracted almost 80,000 signatures to a petition calling for Whirlpool to take further action to protect people from the fire risk posed by their affected tumble dryers.