National recall on two domestic clothes dryers which could cause fires

Two brands of clothes dryers have been recalled nation-wide because of concerns lint could catch fire.

The dryers affected are the Indesit and Ariston brand dryers manufactured in the United Kingdom and sold in Australia since April 2004.

The dryers are sold by Harvey Norman and Retravision.

Consumers should contact the Australian distributor, Arisit, to make arrangements to fix the dryer at no cost.

In the meantime, the government recall notice said the dryers should not be left unattended while operating.

In 2013, Samsung issued a recall on six types of top loader washing machines sold between 2010 and 2013 which were blamed for causing more than 200 fires.

On its website, the company says there are still thousands of affected machines that have still not been serviced.

Product information

Product description

TUMBLE DRYERS produced in the United Kingdom and marketed under the Ariston and Indesit

Identifying features

• Product type - Condenser, Commercial code 35324, Model ASL70CX(AUS), Serial numbers - all
• Product type - Condenser, Commercial code 51894, Model ASL700CX(AUS), Serial numbers – all
• Product type - Condenser, Commerical code 62496, Model AQCF851BU(AUS), Serial numbers – all
• Product type - Condenser, Commercial code 78486, Model TCF87B6H1(AUS), Serial numbers – Below 507319999
• Product type - Condenser, Commercial code 81896, Model AQC8BF7T1(AUS), Serial numbers - Below 506309999
• Product type - Vented, Commercial code 36302, Model AS60VX(AUS), Serial numbers – All
• Product type - Vented, Commercial code 44368, Model IS60V(AUSA), Serial numbers – All
• Product type - Vented, Commercial code 51895, Model AS600VX(AUS), Serial numbers – All
• Product type - Vented, Commercial code 62980, Model IDV65(AUS), Serial numbers - All
• Product type - Vented, Commercial code 78487, Model TVF75C6H1(AUS), Serial numbers - Below 507319999
• Product type - Vented, Commercial code 82515, Model IDVA735X(AUS), Serial numbers - Below 509159999

What are the defects?

There is potential for lint/fluff to dislodge from the rear drum seal, fall near the dryer heater and become ignited.

What are the hazards?

If the lint/fluff is ignited this poses a potential fire hazard.

Dates available for sale

 

  • 1st August 2005 - 30th April 2008
  • 1st May 2008 - 30th April 2013
  • 1st December 2009 - 31st August 2012
  • 1st April 2012 - 31st July 2015
  • 1st October 2013 - 30th June 2015
  • 1st July 2005 - 31st March 2008
  • 1st February 2007 - 31st March 2008
  • 1st May 2008 - 31st March 2013
  • 1st April 2009 - 30th April 2012
  • 1st April 2012 - 31st July 2015
  • 1st April 2013 - 30th September 2015

 

Where the product was sold

  • Nationally

Traders who sold this product

Harvey Norman and Retravision

Supplier

Indesit Company S.p.A.

Supplier's web site

http://www.indesit.net.au/

What should consumers do?

Consumers should contact Arisit Pty Ltd on 1300 762 219 or email ariston.dryer@arisit.com between the hours of operation: Monday-Friday 8:30am to 5pm.

In the meantime consumers may continue to use their products, provided that appliances are not left unattended whilst operating. Indesit also remind customers of the need for proper cleaning and maintenance, as outlined in the user manual.

Source: ABC News & Recall.gov.au

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