Fridge freezer manufacturer Beko has issued an urgent safety warning to their customers in the north over a potential fire risk with several of its models.
The company said that it has so far located just 2,361 affected frost free fridge freezers in Ireland, but that there are over 5,000 models that they still need to modify.
1,779 the 2,361 models that were found have been adapted so far, and 582 models have been scrapped.
In the south leaflets have been distributed to every single household warning of the safetyy hazard.
The company issued the alert after a number of incidents involving Beko branded frost-free fridge freezers, manufactured between January 2000 and October 2006.
Beko issued the alert after what it describes as "a very small number of incidents" involving Beko branded frost-free fridge freezers, which were manufactured between January 2000 and October 2006. The company said it may be possible for the defrost timer, which is located at the back of the fridge, to fail, overheat and cause a potential fire hazard.
Beko are now seeking to contact owners of these products to carry out a free of charge modification to the defrost timer.
In a statement posted on their website a spokesperson said: "We deeply regret any incident involving any Beko product and we are working with all relevant organisations to rectify an identified problem with some of our fridge freezers. Quality, customer safety and satisfaction is paramount to Beko; all its products are independently tested before being placed on the market and meet all UK and European safety standards.
"Over 500,000 of these products have been sold and most have been safety in use, some for over ten years. We believe it is still safe to continue using your product until the engineer visits, but please take the same care as you would with any other electrical appliance. However, if you have any concerns that the product may not be operating correctly please call us for further advice."
If you have an affected model which develops a fault or is not working properly please unplug the product immediately and contact Beko on 0800 009 4837 in the UK or 1800 25 29 25 in Eire. Log on to http://refsafety.beko.co.uk/ for a full list of fridge freezers affected.