Almost every home has an oven, stove, or range, and families everywhere depend on them to be safe. However, many stoves, due to defects in manufacturing and design, do not meet the high standards for safety that most of us expect.
In addition to fire and explosion risks that can arise from poor design or manufacture, a burgeoning problem with modern kitchen ranges is stove tipping, in which a kitchen range can tip over causing burns and traumatic injuries.
Manufacturers started constructing stoves from lighter weight material in the early 1980s in order to reduce manufacturing costs. This had the unfortunate side effect of making the appliances more likely to tip over. In many cases, this can occur when a child opens the oven door and climbs up on it to reach the stovetop.
This issue can be resolved inexpensively and effectively with the simple addition of an L-shaped bracket that is mounted on the back of the stove, and while industry standards set forth by Underwriters Laboratories require this addition to all new ranges, it is estimated that only about 5% or fewer include this essential safety feature.
If you or a family member has suffered injuries from a stove tipping, or because of some other manufacturing defect such as faulty wiring or gas leaks, you may be able to receive compensation for your losses from the manufacturer or the retailer that sold you the faulty range.