Whirlpool is reassuring consumers who own Hotpoint fridge freezers with the model numbers FF175BP and FF175BG that the products continue to be safe to use as normal.
These models have been rigorously tested and analysed since it was suggested that the Grenfell Tower fire may have originated in the vicinity of a Hotpoint fridge freezer model number FF175BP.
Two separate investigations have been undertaken – one led by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and a second led by product safety experts at Whirlpool Corporation.
Both investigations independently found no evidence of any fault with the model FF175BP or its colour variant FF175BG. They also confirmed that the models fully complied with all legal, safety, and regulatory requirements.
BEIS today announced that based on these findings, it has advised Whirlpool there is no reason to undertake a recall or any other kind of corrective action. BEIS confirmed that there is no reason to change the advice previously given to consumers that they may continue to use these appliances as normal.
From June last year, as a precautionary measure, Whirlpool invited consumers who owned these models to contact them and register their details so they could be reached if it was necessary to provide further information. Whirlpool thanks all owners who got in touch, and is currently contacting each of them directly to provide this update.
Whirlpool spokesman Jeff Noel said: “Nothing matters more to us than people’s safety. We wish to reassure consumers that these models are safe and that people may continue to use them as normal.
“We have fully cooperated with the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy as it undertook its full and thorough investigations, and has now confirmed that there are no concerns with these models.
“We wish to thank all owners of these appliances for their patience while these investigations have been carried out.
“With over 100 years of manufacturing experience, we have industry-leading processes that continuously review all our products to ensure they are safe.”
He added: “We are committed to assisting the Grenfell Tower Inquiry in any way we can as it sets out to examine all the potential causes of the fire and how it spread.
“We extend our deepest sympathies to all those affected by the fire – to the victims, those who have lost loved-ones, homes, and possessions, and to their friends and families.”