A charity has warned that fire-prone tumble dryers, which are actually being recalled, are being bought by third-party distributors on on-line marketplaces.
Electrical Security First is alerting customers to the chance of shopping for these merchandise and urging web sites to do extra to forestall them being listed.
It needs mannequin and serial numbers to be necessary on listings, to permit cross-checking with recollects.
Whirlpool will recall some harmful dryers, it was confirmed on Wednesday.
The corporate has spent practically 4 years telling house owners of those merchandise – below the Hotpoint, Indesit, Creda, Swan and Proline manufacturers – that they require a modification to rule out fireplace hazard.
Now, the remaining dryers, of which up to 800,000 could still be in use, are being recalled, with house owners given a free substitute. Though there have been some studies of modified dryers catching fireplace, these aren’t being recalled.
The affected dryers may be checked on a Whirlpool website.
Electrical Security First stated that eBay swiftly took down listings of those harmful home equipment, and performed a broader search of the location, after the charity alerted it to instances of third-party sellers itemizing these merchandise.
Nevertheless it needs on-line marketplaces to make sure such objects aren’t listed within the first place. To help, the federal government should guarantee there was a central recall database, it stated.
This could assist personal sellers who may not realise that the product they had been promoting secondhand was really unfit on the market.
“It’s important that mechanisms are put in place earlier than an merchandise is listed to make sure this stuff are secure,” stated Martyn Allen, technical director at Electrical Security First.
“Primary measures resembling mannequin numbers and serial numbers being made necessary would permit marketplaces to dam a list going dwell and stop a doubtlessly harmful product coming into somebody’s dwelling.”
A Whirlpool spokeswoman stated: “We wholly help initiatives to forestall merchandise which might be topic to security notices being bought on the second hand market. This could by no means occur. We have now been, and proceed to, work with numerous on-line platforms to assist obtain this.
“Nonetheless, it’s vital that customers all the time register possession of their home equipment as quickly as they purchase them, even when they’re bought second-hand, so the related producer can contact them within the occasion of a security concern.”