The Metropolitan Police Service stated today that a Hotpoint FF175BP fridge freezer has been identified as the initial source of the Grenfell Tower fire.
The Hotpoint FF175BP and FF175BG fridge freezer models have not previously been recalled, but an immediate technical test of the fridge freezer has been ordered by the government.
Hotpoint fridge freezer
Around 64,000 units of the same model were made between 2006 and 2009 before being discontinued, according to Hotpoint.
The government has advised that at this stage there is no specific reason for people to switch off their fridge freezers.
Our Managing Director of Home Products and Services, Alex Neill, said:
‘If it turns out that faults in this fridge-freezer caused the fire to start at Grenfell Tower, this raises serious questions about the safety of these products.
‘If this model is found to be faulty, a full product recall must be implemented swiftly by the manufacturer so that any at risk products are removed from people’s homes.’
What to do next
The advice for owners of white Hotpoint fridge freezers FF175BP or graphite fridge freezers FF175BG is to contact Hotpoint to register the details of the fridge freezer by calling 0800 316 3826 or visiting hotpointservice.co.uk/fridgefreezer.
Model numbers can usually be found on a barcode sticker behind the salad container inside the fridge.
If you’re concerned about the safety of your appliance then take a look at our consumer rights and product safety advice for further guidance.