I didn't replace ours when it broke as they are expensive to run and a fire risk, we now use the launderette and it only costs a few pence to dry clothes. The government is to serve a recall notice on Whirlpool over concerns about the safety of its tumble dryers. The "unprecedented step" means the company will have to recall hundreds of thousands of appliances over fears they pose a fire safety risk. It comes after 5.3 million dryers under Whirlpool's Hotpoint, Creda and Indesit brands required modifying after several fires, including a tower block blaze. Whirlpool said safety was its "number one priority". The company estimates that between 300,000 and 500,000 faulty products could still be in UK homes, three years after the first safety notice was issued - although there is no definitive register to judge the accuracy of the estimate. Last year, the BBC's Watchdog Live consumer programme uncovered cases in which machines had caught fire even after being fixed. And in April, the Office for Product Safety and Standards published a report, urging Whirlpool to improve its risk management, and "reach affected consumers in more creative ways" to minimise the risk of faulty machines still being in people's homes. The recall notice was announced in the Commons by business minister Kelly Tolhurst after former Conservative minister Andrew Griffiths raised "great concern" over Whirlpool's "straightness". Speaking in the Commons, Mr Griffiths said despite the OPSS's "thorough review" he was still concerned about whether people still had "unsafe products" in their homes. Business minister Kelly Tolhurst replied, saying: "I can tell the House we have informed Whirlpool of our intention to serve a recall notice as a next step of the regulatory process," adding: "This is unprecedented action." Rachel Reeves, Labour chairwoman of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, said the move was "long overdue". "Finally, over a year since we called for a recall of defective machines and 18 months since the Beis Committee reported on Whirlpool's inadequate response to safety flaws, the government is at last showing some teeth," she said.