MPs were taking evidence over the scandal that has seen 1.7 million products modified.One witness Jemma Spurr, a victim whose modified dryer caught fire, told politicians she was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement about the incident, which MPs said was used for “shutting people up”.”I apologise to you for whatever distress this situation has caused to you, to your family, to your loved ones and your neighbours,” said Whirlpool’s communications chief Jeff Noel. Whirlpool made customers sign non-disclosure agreements over faulty tumble dryers, it has emerged, as MPs have been told the number of defective products is almost twice as high as previously feared.The home appliance company has come under scrutiny after fire concerns were raised about their products some four years ago.Executives from the company told the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee that the true number could be 800,000 and it was working hard to modify those affected.Last month, the Government said it would issue a recall notice for 500,000 dryers that could potentially be a fire risk.Whirlpool also revealed that in recent years, it had logged 54 fires in its tumble dryers and admitted that three of those were models that had already been updated. Whirlpool representatives were asked by Conservative MP Antoinette Sandbach why some victims were asked to sign NDAs, when the company had previously stated it wanted to raise awareness of the problems to encourage customers to register their products.She said: “Why is it that you are trying to shut people up by asking them to sign NDAs?”Mr Noel defended their use, saying they are an “important part” of any settlement.He was asked several times whether Whirlpool will continue using NDAs over the faulty machines, but declined to answer directly, saying it was a matter for third party insurers.Whirlpool Corporation said afterwards: “We were pleased to have the opportunity to update the committee on our tumble dryer campaign.“The Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) recently concluded a comprehensive year-long review of the dryer programme which confirmed that the modification is effective in resolving the issue.“Safety is always our number one priority and we remain committed to resolving all unmodified dryers affected by this issue. As we updated the committee, we are expanding our recall campaign to include further options to encourage remaining consumers to come forward and remedy their unmodified appliances.“The crucial message to anyone who still owns an affected dryer and has not already had it modified by Whirlpool is to contact us immediately on 0800 151 0905, or visit https://safety.hotpoint.eu/, https://safety.indesit.eu/ or https://safety-swan.eu. “As advised by OPSS, consumers whose tumble dryers have been modified can continue to use them safely and there is no need to contact Whirlpool at this time.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.