Update on Whirlpool tumble dryer recall progress

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Whirlpool has been regularly updating the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) on the progress of its tumble dryer recall programme following an intervention by OPSS in June. The latest data, as of the end of 10 September, is published below.

Under the recall, consumers with an unmodified, affected tumble dryer are entitled to a new replacement machine. This will be delivered and installed, with the old one removed, all at no cost to the consumer.

Whirlpool agreed to undertake a number of actions including:

  • delivering a significant new consumer outreach campaign with wide ranging publicity of the product recall aimed at reaching affected consumers and driving up awareness
  • guaranteeing no charges for delivery, installation or removal of machines
  • improving identification of, and outreach to, vulnerable consumers
  • providing OPSS with timely reporting of progress made in the product recall

Key monitoring metrics provided by Whirlpool on the status of its tumble dryer recall programme are as follows:

1) 63,218 new customers have come forward since 12 June following the Minister, Kelly Tolhurst, announcing the intention to serve a recall notice in the House of Commons on 11 June.

2) 339,496 visits have been made to Whirlpool’s new designated website.

3) The average time taken from a customer making a decision to each resolution type is as follows:

  • 8.7 days for a product exchange
  • 7.6 days for a refund
  • 6.8 days for a modification

4) 32,526 cases have been fully resolved, of which:

  • 23,255 machines have been replaced (free of charge)
  • 5,809 machines have been part exchanged (upgraded)
  • 1,057 machines have been collected and refunded
  • 2,405 machines have been modified

5) The average time taken from a customer registration to resolution is 23 days.

All figures are those reported for 11 July to 10 September 2019 unless stated otherwise.

Further information on the recall campaign

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