Tipping Stoves

Miami, FL: (Dec-17-07) A class action lawsuit was brought against Sears, over improperly installed stoves the company sold at its stores. Sources close to the case stated that the company had reached a settlement in which it agreed to install anti-tip brackets on stoves or give rebates if customers paid for installation. Under the deal, the class would include anyone who purchased a free standing or slide-in range from Sears between July 2, 2000 and Sept. 18, 2007. Sears must have delivered the stove but brackets were not installed. Those qualified would receive free bracket installation or a $50 Sears gift card toward a new Sears range. Consumers who later paid for installation may be reimbursed up to $100. [SUN SENTINEL: SEARS STOVES]

Sears Holdings Corp. will install safety brackets on its stoves in millions of households as part of a settlement of a class action lawsuit over the appliances supposed propensity to tip. Under an agreement signed off on by a Madison County judge, Sears will fix all brands of its kitchen ranges in as many as 3.9 million homes by bolting them to a wall or floor. The settlement also requires Sears to install safety brackets in newly purchased ranges for the next three years. [CNN NEWS: SEARS SETTLEMENT]

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