BIBA has criticised Vanessa Feltz for potentially dangerous insurance advice she gave on her primetime television show, but which she later retracted.

The presenter of BBC TV's Value for Money told millions of viewers they could reduce the cost of their motor premiums if they sought cover in the name of their household's lowest-risk driver.

A broker who saw the show blasted the advice as “confusing” and “irresponsible” as it could lead to viewers' cover being invalid. Mike Williams, Biba chief executive, said the gaff showed the dangers of non-insurance “experts” giving advice. He said: “If people had followed Vanessa Feltz's advice by giving their insurer misleading information as a material fact, their insurance would be invalidated.”

A BBC spokeswoman said Feltz retracted the comments on her show broadcast one week later.