Sears Holdings Corp. will install safety brackets on its stoves in millions of households or offer gift cards in settling an Illinois class-action lawsuit over the appliances' supposed propensity to topple.
Under an agreement signed off on last month by a Madison County judge, Sears will offer to fix all brands of its freestanding or slide-in kitchen ranges in as many as 3.9 million homes by bolting them to a wall or floor.
The deal covers Sears ranges sold from mid-2000 through last Sept. 18, when a judge granted the settlement temporary approval. The deal resolving the lawsuit dating to July 2004 also requires Sears to install safety brackets in newly purchased ranges for the next three years.
Consumers will have the option of having an anti-tip device installed for free, receiving $100 if they already had Sears or a third party install the device, or getting a $50 gift card to help pay for a new, regularly priced stove from Sears if they don't want the anti-tip device.
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