Remove plastic-backed fridges from sale

Our latest investigation has found that more than 500 of the most popular refrigeration appliances on the market is made of unsafe plastic that poses a potential fire risk.

We found that plastic backing material could be a fire risk in people’s homes due to the potential to accelerate the spread of flames in the event of a fire starting. We’ve therefore labelled 250 models as ‘Don’t Buys’ and don’t recommend that consumers buy these plastic-backed refrigeration appliances.

Our chief executive, Peter Vicary-Smith, said:

‘People will rightly be outraged to learn that manufacturers and retailers are selling potentially unsafe products that could be putting their lives at risk.

‘If manufacturers and retailers fail to act and leave plastic backed fridges, freezers or fridge-freezers on sale the Office for Product Safety and Standards must step in and take action.’

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