Issues regarding faulty temperature controls are the most frequently cited issue with LG ranges. In the fall of 2012, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 161,000 smoothtop LG electric ranges for a variety of problems stemming from these controls.
The LG smoothtop electric ranges affected by the 2012 recall did not always turn off correctly. Also, the temperature settings often increased while the range was in use without the user knowing, creating the risk of fire or burn injuries. The manufacturer received 80 reports of these types of problems stemming from five different models sold between January 2006 and January 2012, leading to the recall.
LG is not the only manufacturer having issues with hazards and temperature controls. Consumer Reports conducted an investigation into appliance fires and found that, in October 2010, Electrolux recalled 122,000 ranges and cooktops because the appliances auto-started if liquids pooled beneath the control knobs. Because of the dangers associated with heat and cooking, the Consumer Product Safety Commission orders recalls to ensure consumers remain safe from faulty appliances. Because unattended items cooking on a range are one of the primary causes of fires in the home, temperature controls must be reliable to keep incidents from occurring.