Our firm has handled a number of lawsuits involving death or serious injury caused by a hazardous condition where the culprit was a stove. Most folks don’t realize that kitchen stoves can be hazardous. They don’t know that freestanding stoves which are installed without safety brackets are extremely dangerous. Such a stove can tip over and cause serious injury and even death. Over the years, even if consumers didn’t know about this hazard, the manufacturers, retailers and the Consumer Product Safety Commission certainly have. In fact, they have had this knowledge for years. It’s significant that their knowledge included the statistical data showing that children and the elderly are the most at risk.
A settlement involving freestanding and slide-in gas and electric ranges sold by Sears was announced in February. This settlement called for payments of as much as $546 million to as many as 4 million Sears’ customers. Sears has failed to install the safety brackets that come with every stove. This special hardware prevents the stove from tipping over when an open door has weight placed on it. The ranges which have now been recalled were sold and installed by Sears between July 2, 2000, and September 18, 2007. Claims must be filed by September 18th of this year. Complete settlement details can be obtained by going to www.searsrangesettlement.com. It’s important to note, however, that persons with individual claims for serious injury or death are usually much better off filing individual lawsuits. Persons should always consult a lawyer before making a decision of this nature. Kendall Dunson in our firm has had good success in handling cases of this sort. If you want additional information, you may contact him at 800-898-2034.
Source: Public Citizen
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