Washing Machine models from both Indesit and Hotpoint have once again been highlighted for so-called “exploding” where the inner drum appears to split on high spin and tear through the machine often casing substantial damage.
A Watchdog report highlighted a fault that was causing some Indesit machines to explode at the peak of its spin cycle. Whilst at top speed, the drum would tear apart, devastating the machine, firing out debris and parts and damaging surrounding work surfaces in the process.
At the time, Indesit assured us that the fault was confined to two models (the WIXL143 and WIXE167) and that ‘only a small number of machines are affected.’ However, since then we’ve heard reports of a further 50 explosions, all of which appear identical to the ones we’ve seen before, forcing us to raise the matter with the manufacturer once again.
Leigh Rothery watched our last Watchdog report and, thanks to Indesit’s assurances the problem was confined to just two models, she presumed she needn’t worry about her own Indesit, a W1XL 163 .
How wrong she was. In March this year, her washing machine also exploded. She told Watchdog of how the soap drawer burst out of the machine, hitting her in the back and winding her, giving her whiplash and trapping a nerve, injuries which months on still require treatment.
Despite the pain this caused, Leigh is relieved these are the only injuries sustained, as her friend’s young daughter had been playing on the floor in front of the machine at the time it exploded.
Worryingly, Leigh isn’t the only person we know of who’ve been injured by these exploding washing machines. Sarah Blackshaw from Leicester had a IWC 6165 machine that broke on 6th December 2012. The soap drawer hit her young son Harry, below the right eye leaving him with a bruise.
We have now heard of these explosions happening to 14 different models made by Indesit and its sister company, Hotpoint.