Thursday, 5 April 2018

Consumer watchdog Which? wants fire-risk fridges taken off the market

Consumer watchdog Which? has called for plastic-backed fridges to be "urgently" removed from sale because they pose fire risks and could speed up blazes.

Its investigation of 500 refrigeration appliances found backing material on almost half was made of unsafe plastic.

Which? has labelled 250 models "don't buys" and is recommending consumers do not purchase plastic-backed models.

It says a number of plastic-backed models sold as "flame-retardant" could also speed up the spread of a fire.

All plastic-backed fridges, freezers and fridge-freezers on the market pass current safety standards but Which? says the tests are "inadequate, not fit for purpose and do not come close to replicating the source of a real house fire".

BBC     News.