Which? refrigeration appliance fire safety concerns

Hundreds of fridges, freezers and fridge freezers currently on sale in shops across the UK are potentially unsafe, new Which? research reveals.

We’ve named 250 refrigeration appliances Don’t Buys after our research proved that their plastic backs may dramatically accelerate the spread of flames in the event of a fire.

These Don’t Buys account for 45% of the fridge, freezer and fridge freezers we carry reviews for, suggesting the proportion of potentially unsafe appliances in shops is worryingly high. Never before have we issued our Don’t Buy warning on such a massive scale.

Yet the manufacture and sale of these products remains completely legal, thanks to flawed current safety standards that won’t be replaced until 2019.

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