News Washing machines recalled by Whirlpool Whirlpool has announced it is

la unching a new recall campaign – this time aimed at half a million washing machines across the UK. It has been reported that Hotpoint or Indesit branded machines (which Whirlpool owns) were sold more than fi ve years ago, but their door locking system can overheat, creating the risk of fi re. It is thought that 79 fi res have been caused by the fault, which develops over time, according to Whirlpool.


The company said: “When the heating element in the washing machine is activated, in very rare cases a component in the door lock system can overheat, which, depending on product features, can pose a risk of fi re. “The extra current that runs through the machine when the heating element is on can cause the door locking system to overheat.”

Whirlpool reported that the issue had been identifi ed by its safety team, but had led to fi res, although none had been signifi cant enough to cause any serious damage or injuries.

About 20 per cent of the Hotpoint and Indesit washing machines sold in the UK

since 2014 are affected by the fault – up to 519,000 machines are involved. This new recall comes after the ongoing saga of faulty Whirlpool tumble dryers, and the manufacturer was heavily criticised for its initial response to the issue and handling of the recall campaign. Consumers could be facing the

New Year period without their washing machines, as it’s said the repair or replacement process for these washing machines will not begin until January.

It was reported that Whirlpool has suggested owners could still use their machine if it is affected, but with a vastly reduced risk, by only using the cold wash cycle at 20 degrees or less. This means the heating element would not be activated, avoiding the problem that had been identifi ed. Jeff Noel, Vice President of Whirlpool, said: “We know this will cause some concern. We especially understand that the washing machine is so important to

family life, and, for that, we apologise.” The company’s customer service department was being built up, Mr Noel said, with more engineers hired and delivery and collection capability stepped up for the recall start this month. There is an appliance model checker online for consumers to see if their machine is one of those affected, and there is also a free helpline on 0800 316 1442.

2020 tipped to be watershed year for Active Noise Cancelling headphones

The aftermarket headphones segment continues to attract consumer spend, with 2019 shaping up to be another industry high point, according to a new report from Futuresource Consulting. “Headphones are calling the tune,” said Adriana Blanco, Senior Market Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. “We expect volumes to be up 11 per cent on 2018, accelerating beyond 420 million shipments this year. Yet, this achievement will be eclipsed by a 37 per cent increase in value, to $31.2 billion, as consumers fi x their eyes and ears on the premium end of the market.” True wireless is cementing its position at the forefront of growth, driving the overall average price up by 23 per cent year-on-year.

What’s more, the form

factor will account for 30 per cent of in-ear units and 65 per cent of total value. Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) is also

growing. Futuresource expects unit growth of seven per cent year-on-year, accounting for six per cent of total headphone volumes. “A lack of ANC within top-selling true

wireless models has been putting the brakes on any real movement, but that’s all about to change,” said Ms Blanco. “Recent launches of popular true wireless models with ANC Amazon Echo Buds, means the ANC market is primed and ready for vigorous growth. In 2020, we’ll see ANC achieve 62 per cent unit growth.”

Moving forward, Futuresource expects

growth in ANC across all form-factors, driven by in-ear products with USB-C connectors, on-ear and over-ear models at cheaper price points. By 2023, shipments of true wireless headphones with ANC will outpace over-ear in volume terms, with 18 per cent of true wireless products shipping with ANC features.

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