Today we read that the UK Government has told Whirlpool to recall all of it’s Dryers.
Readers may recall that 4 years ago Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit dryers had all been identified as having faults that presented a risk to anyone who owned them.
In our view one fire is one too many, never mind the fact that there were 750 over an 11 year period.
We are engaged with Government on our own Innovative Appliance Safety Register, currently being updated to deliver many benefits, including the prevention of Recalled Products being sold online, or being given for free only to put a Fire risk in someone else’s property.
The Recall of what is believed to be up to half a million Dryers, is going to create a huge amount of waste at great financial and environmental cost. Of course the primary objective is safety and we fully support the action. However Manufacturers believe as has been the case on this Recall that the products could be fixed. It’s just that Whirlpool have been too slow to fix all the remaining recalled products still out there.
The Government has declared that there needs to be more innovative ways of dealing with and preventing recalls. We are engaged with them on this with our proposals. However, we feel they are too slow in moving with us on these matters and one of the main resistors we believe are the cause of this, is that Manufacturers only want to sell new and won’t support Reuse and Repair. There are understandable pressures on Government from Manufacturers, with this being a major hurdle.
This is borne out by Rachel Reeves MP and Caroline Normand of Which as the BBC reports HERE. EEESafe has been lobbying for far longer than both of these people, on these matters and of course has been proposing an innovative solution.
Lack of Technical Detail and Spares fuels a demand for new appliances and as a result can put many people into debt, as the CEO of EEESafe has a real time experience of 10 years in working with and setting up a Local Charity helping those in poverty.
There is an unwillingness to accept Recycled Spares in the industry which also prohibits growth of our award winning model. If we can reach agreement here, we can lower the costs of repair and thus evidence and increase Waste Prevention and help lower debt in many households. The image from our Register demonstrates the ability to create more spares, which is something each consumer or EEESafe Refurbishers could learn using our forthcoming Dismantlers Course.
We are proposing to the Government and the OPSS that they acknowledge our Standard in White Goods Repair, because it can deliver an Army of Domestic Appliance Technicians residing in Local Neighbourhoods. By acknowledging our Regulatory model, we can by working with Government and Manufacturers produce Trained and Certified Technicians that would enable greater and more rapid repair opportunities for Recalls that can be fixed. We can offer a route for Safer Repair that would uphold confidentiality of Manufacturers Technical details and help prevent counterfeit recycled spares infiltrating the sector, and making homes safer.
Our model encourages community working together and engagement in Circular Economy activities at a local level, beginning with Safety in the home and delivering training through UK wide Training Centres using our Training Materials.
Repair is on the increase around the world and leading this is the RightToRepair movement in the States. However the EEESafe Scaleable Model is a Charitable giving one through delivery of it’s Training and LocalitEEE links. As a self sustaining model, it puts money directly back into the community where you live, when you engage.
If you have concerns on your Whirlpool Dryer then please call 0800 151 0905 immediately.
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