The safety of Electrical Goods in the UK Contents

Contents

Terms of Reference

Summary

1 The safety record of electrical goods

Fires caused by defective electrical goods

Committee scrutiny

2 Electrical Product Safety in the UK

The EU and UK Systems of product safety

International, EU and UK Safety Standards

The UK system of product recall and product safety

Problems with the UK’s system of product safety and product recall

Fragmented System of Product Safety

Sharing of data and intelligence

The Independence of Local Trading Standards

Funding for Trading Standards

Government action on product safety

Independent Review of the UK’s product recall system

Government response and the Recall Review Steering Group

The Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety

Progress on product safety

3 Whirlpool Tumble Dryers

Defects with Whirlpool Tumble Dryers

The Modification/Repair Programme

Problems with the Whirlpool modification/repair programme

Advice that owners could continue using defective machines while awaiting repairs

Continuing concerns about Whirlpool

4 Plastic-Backed Fridges and Freezers

The Campaign against plastic-backed fridges and freezers

Wider issues for products standards

5 Improving the UK’s Product Safety Regime

A National Product Safety Agency

Single Site for Recalls, Product Safety and Registration

6 Other issues and next steps

The impact of Brexit upon electrical product safety

The safety of second hand and online electrical goods

Conclusions and next steps

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal Minutes

Witnesses

Published written evidence

Related Corespondence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament





11 January 2018