Law firm Leigh Day, who created the ‘Expect It’s Safe’ product safety campaign, have welcomed a House of Commons debate on the safety of faulty domestic appliances.
The Expect It’s Safe campaign was created by the Product Safety team at the firm, led by partner Jill Paterson. Its aim is to protect consumers by putting pressure on manufacturers to do more to make the public aware when faults are discovered in relation to their products and that safety is put ahead of profit.
The campaign covers a number of consumer products, focusing on potentially fatal household appliances, the use of hazardous chemicals in cosmetics, harmful ingredients and incorrect labelling on food and drinks and drugs and medical devices.
Following a fire in a tower block in Shepherd’s Bush in August, which is thought to have been caused by a tumble dryer, MP Andy Slaughter raised the issue of tumble dryer safety in the House of Commons today. He warned that lives could be lost unless domestic appliances found to be faulty are taken out of use and urgently recalled.
Leigh Day solicitor Thomas Jervis is representing the family whose allegedly faulty tumble dryer destroyed their home is Shepherd’s Bush. He said:
“I am very pleased that this issue is being raised in Parliament so that hopefully it will be given the attention it deserves.
“Fortunately no one was seriously hurt in the Shepherd’s Bush fire but that does not mean that it did not have a devastating effect on the lives of the families whose homes were damaged by the blaze.
“Until companies are made to recall dangerous faulty products there is the possibility that this could happen again. We urge the Government to do all they can to ensure that manufactures are held to account and that faulty products are recalled swiftly.”
More information on the Expect It’s Safe campaign can be found here.