LG Electronics and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission have announced that they are recalling approximately 161,000 electric ranges due to burn and fire hazards. According to a press release, the electric ranges may not turn off after they are switched off, meaning that the temperature could remain high. The temperature can also increase unexpectedly during use, posing a significant hazard to consumers.
According to the recall notice, there have been 80 reports of people having an incident with their burner failing to turn off or with the temperature increasing unexpectedly. Thus far, there have been no fires or injuries. A full listing of the affected ranges can be found on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website, CPSC.gov.
If you have one of these ranges, you should contact the manufacturer and they will schedule a free repair for you. The repair will be conducted in your home; you do not have to remove the range and bring it in to get fixed.
Defective product injuries are real threats to consumers who own products that are found to have some sort of a flaw. That flaw may be the result of defective advertising, defective design or defective manufacture. In the best case scenario, the situation above unfolds. The manufacturer and the appropriate government authorities discover the problem and immediately issue a recall notice with an acceptable remedy for consumers. In the worst-case scenario, the manufacturer may not take responsibility for their defective product or the product may remain on the market long enough that people end up being injured by it.
If you are injured by a defective product, one of the options you should pursue is speaking to an attorney about filing a lawsuit over those injuries. The attorney may be able to help you get compensated for those injuries from a jury award or a settlement.
It’s important to remember that the people who are injured by dangerous products are sometimes offered a settlement by the manufacturer so that the manufacturer can avoid being taken to court and sued. If you should find yourself in a situation where the manufacturer of a product is offering you a settlement, remember not to take it. You should only take a settlement if an attorney looks at the sum and lets you know that you are being offered a fair deal. In many cases, the manufacturer is simply going to try to offer you as little money as possible to make you go away.