Domestic appliance manufacturer Whirlpool has confirmed that over half a million Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines are being recalled over a potential fire.
As many as 519,000 of the machines sold in the UK between October 2014 and February 2018 may be affected by a serious fault with the door-locking system that could cause them to overheat and catch fire.
Owners who bought a Hotpoint or Indesit appliance during that window of time are being urged to contact Whirlpool to find out if they are affected –
The manufacturer has advised that machines purchased during that period should only be used on a low-temperature wash.
Hundreds of people have reported that Whirpools website and help number has crashed owing to the overwhelming amount of traffic from concerned owners.