Faulty appliances 'cause 60 fires a week'

Faulty household appliances - primarily washing machines and tumble dryers - account for 60 house fires a week in the UK, consumer group Which? has said.

It said the number of fires has stayed roughly the same each year for five years.

It wants the government to draw up a plan to tackle the issue within three months, having set up an Office for Product Safety.

However, manufacturers have questioned some of the data that Which? used.

A separate defect affecting 5.3 million tumble dryers under the Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands was discovered in 2015 and has reportedly led to hundreds of fires since 2004.

The Commons Business Committee recently described the response by Whirlpool, which owns the brands, as "woeful", and said it was unacceptable that more than one million potentially dangerous dryers were still being used in people's homes.

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