Hundreds of thousands of electric ranges recalled for fire and burn hazards

On Behalf of | May 22, 2024 | Personal Injury

Open flames, grease and oil buildup, and flammable materials make kitchens the most likely place where fires can start at home. In addition to unattended cooking, an appliance malfunction can also spark unwanted flames.

Recently, Electrolux has reannounced its previous recall of its Frigidaire and Kenmore electric ranges due to a potential fire hazard.

The recall is due to the surface heating elements’ malfunctioning in several ways. Sometimes, the ranges turn on themselves even if the appliance is switched off. Others may not turn off entirely after switching off or heating up to a different temperature than the one selected. This creates a significant fire risk and can also lead to burns.

Electrolux initially recalled about 209,000 units in 2009. Since then, the company has received at least 212 reports of the ranges malfunctioning, with over 22 reports of fires and injuries, including smoke inhalation.

The model numbers for the recalled products are available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website. Consumers who have affected products should contact Electrolux for repairs or refunds.

Kitchen fires and faulty appliances

People rely on appliances for efficiency and to make day-to-day chores easier. According to the Energy Information Administration, most households in America have a range in the kitchen. This may not come as a surprise. Ranges provide flexibility in cooking with its cooktop and oven and allow people to prepare several dishes in one go.

However, the US Fire Administration notes that the presence of flames and various heating devices in the kitchen makes it the most common place in a house where fires occur. Reports show an average of 358,500 residential fires in America annually, leading to $8.9 billion of dollars lost.

Protecting your consumer rights

In cases like this, product liability comes into play. This holds manufacturers responsible for injuries or damages caused by defective products.

If a malfunctioning appliance has injured you, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Document the incident through photos or videos and keep important paperwork, such as purchase receipts, medical bills or prescriptions to serve as evidence for your case.

You may consider consulting a personal injury attorney specializing in product liability. They may advise you of your rights and help you navigate the legal process.



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