Whirlpool ordered to give widespread disclosure

07.03.16 | |

David Lewis, Assistant Deputy Coroner for North East Wales and Central,  has ordered white goods manufacturers Whirlpool to give extensive disclosure concerning the number of previous incidents potentially involving the door switches used in their TVM560 series.


The case concerns a fire that took place in Llanrwst in the early hours of 1 October 2014, tragically killing Douglas McTavish and Bernie Hender. Early suspicions as to the cause of the fire fell upon their tumble dryer, manufactured by Whirlpool.


At the recent Pre-Inquest Review in Ruthin, North Wales, Whirlpool submitted that such disclosure went beyond the scope of the Coronial inquiry.  However the Learned Coroner acceded to a submission by the Families that the disclosure was potentially relevant to scope, to the available Conclusions and/or to the court’s power to issue a Prevention of Future Death Report.


Survivor Gary Lloyd Jones and the McTavish Family were represented by Harry Lambert, instructed by Thomas Jervis of Leigh Day Solicitors.


The matter was reported nationally by inter alia the Mirror and BBC.

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