Hotpoint have reacted to reports that the Grenfell fire was caused by one of their fridge freezers. However, since writing this article there is an important update.
It is still too early to know exactly what caused the fridge freezer to catch fire. Reports are that there was an explosion. Unfortunately modern refrigerators do contain explosive gas. This is due to new regulations banning the old (safer) coolant because it damaged the ozone layer.
There is no evidence at the moment as to whether this was caused by a specific fault or weakness in the Hotpoint fridge freezer. However Hotpoint have a page on their website with full details on how to check if you have one of these specific models and what to do. Potentially the model list could expand.
Please pass on the warning and get these appliances checked out as soon as possible. Currently the 2 models of fridge freezer were manufactured between March 2006 and July 2009. Models so far flagged are FF175BP (white) and FF175BG (graphite). Full details can be found at Hotpoint’s website including a photograph of what the affected fridge freezers look like – Product Notice – Hotpoint Fridge Freezer
Whirlpool (who own Hotpoint) have now changed their entire advice about these fridge freezers on their website. They now say that there is no actual design fault. They don’t say that the fridge freezer wasn’t the cause of the fire, only that it was presumably a rare or freak incident. Here is what they currently say..
Investigations by the UK Government and Whirlpool have confirmed there are no safety issues with Hotpoint fridge freezer models FF175BP (white) and FF175BG (graphite). As previously advised, owners of these products can continue to use them as normal ”
Check the latest on this at Product Notice – Hotpoint Fridge Freezer