We all live in a very fast and stressful world with little time to take a minute and relax.
Technology has helped us enormously to try and make life easier. Manufacturers of products are always trying to find new and innovative ways of designing new products and there is a constant stream of new appliances which come on the market year after year.
There have been numerous stories in the news over the years about certain appliances catching fire causing severe damage to people’s homes. I have acted for people who have seen their homes destroyed by faulty products catching fire when they have left it on unattended. Significant compensation can be claimed to recover your home insurer’s losses and your own uninsured losses from the retailer, manufacturer or – if the product was purchased using a credit card – finance company.
More recently there have been reports of tumble dryers catching fire and manufacturers Indesit, Hotpoint and Creda have issued notices urging customers to have certain models repaired. Astonishingly there may be over five million models affected, sold between 2004 and 2015.
It has been reported that there have been approximately 12,000 fires in the last three years within homes across Britain which have been caused by white goods and kitchen appliances.
It is very important that you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and instructions on how to regularly care and service the product. We all put a lot of trust in the appliances we buy and often leave the house or go to bed with washing machines, dish washers and tumble dryers running. However, given these startling statistics, some may begin to question if we are risking our lives and homes when we leave these machines running unattended.
If you have been affected by a kitchen appliance catching fire and causing damage to your home then you should not hesitate to contact our Consumer Law Specialists on 01616 966 229.