About once per month, I like to call attention to the types of recalls that have been issued. While this one was actually announced a couple of months ago, I felt that with people in the midst of summer renovations, it might be appropriate to discuss the potential dangers of new appliances.
Sure, that stove that is 15 or 20 years old may look out of place in the newly renovated kitchen, but it is tried and true. It is important to recognize that new products are not always as reliable as one would hope. Proof of this came with the Frigidaire Gas Range recall earlier this year. About 200 units were called back into the stores when the North Carolina-based company found that a delayed ignition on the bake and broil settings created the risk of serious fire hazards. Though no injuries had been reported at that time, one can imagine how awful the circumstances could have been had the range malfunctioned at the wrong time. This recall was for those models carrying serial numbers between VF20457216 and VF20457555. The stainless steel appliance was a popular one while in stores for the two-month span between February and March.
While most appliances will be safe for install and all have had to face critical testing phases during their development, recalls are not entirely uncommon and one should be very careful to note any potential problem areas when first using the household machines. Fire is not only a risk with ovens and ranges. Washers, dryers, dishwashers, microwaves, and other powered appliances carry similar risks, if they are not built to the very best standards.
It is highly recommended if you are replacing appliances in your home that you read reviews on those you are considering before purchasing. Look at the recall lists to see if similar models have had troubles and check out what others have had to say about the performance of the machine. Though this cannot alleviate all risk, it can improve your chances of being happy with your purchase.