Whirlpool has recalled more than 40,000 of its Jenn-Air brand ovens over concerns that a faulty design might cause burns to consumers.
According to the Associated Press and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the extendable rack inside the ovens has the potential of falling out. Thus far, the company has received eight reports of injuries, including one serious incident where a person suffered a second-degree burn to the back and arm.
The recall includes Jenn-Air single and double wall ovens that were sold at stores like Sears, Pacific Sales, and others and cost between $2,500 and $5,000. The Associated Press reported that about 33,000 were sold in the United States; 8,000 were sold in Canada. Whirlpool said consumers should discontinue using the extendable rack and contact the company about a free inspection and repair.
Manufacturers are responsible for ensuring that their products are safe for consumers to use and free of defects or hazards that could potentially cause harm or injury. When a person is injured as the result of a defective product, the company bears the responsibility of compensating the victim for his or her injury.
In this case with Whirlpool, there have luckily, been no severe injuries reported. These types of cases are unfortunately common. Products with a design defect may be manufactured and marketed just as they were intended, but they were ultimately designed improperly and cause harm to consumers. In most instances, the manufacturer of the product could have used a safer design that may have helped avoid foreseeable risks. A design defect will be found in every product that was produced according to the design, and the defect is actually present prior to the manufacturing process. Regardless of whether a company intentionally produced an unsafe product or not, it is liable for any injuries that may result.
At the law offices of Altman & Altman, our team of experienced products liability attorneys has nearly 50 years of experience handling all types of personal injury cases as well as products liability lawsuits. We have gone up against a number of large corporations to fight on our clients’ behalf and have a track record of successfully achieving high settlements and getting clients the compensation they deserve. If you or a loved one was recently injured as the result of a malfunctioning product, do not hesitate to contact one of our esteemed attorneys today. Our lawyers are available around the clock to assist you with any questions you may have and all consultations are completely free and confidential.
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