Hamilton Beach Toasters Recalled for Fire Hazard

A large recall of about 300,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Hamilton Beach® Classic Chrome 2-Slice Toasters have been recalled for fire hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), just announced.

The defective Hamilton Beach® Classic Chrome 2-Slice Toasters were manufactured in China; imported by Hamilton Beach Brands Inc., of Glen Allen, Virginia; and sold at mass merchandisers and department, grocery, and home center stores nationwide, as well as at various online retailers. The recalled Hamilton Beach® Classic Chrome 2-Slice Toasters sold from February 2008 through June 2011 for between $30 and $40..

The heating element in these toasters can remain energized indefinitely when an item is placed in the toaster, which may ignite the contents, posing a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items. To date, Hamilton Beach has received 15 reports of toasters that did not pop up as intended, including three reports of minor damage to kitchen cabinets. There have been no reports of injuries, to date.

The Hamilton Beach recall involves model 22600 toasters with specific series codes. These series codes begin with the letters C or D, and have the format of CXXXXBI or DXXXXBI, where XXXX is a four-digit number ranging from 0190 through 5290. The model number and series code are printed on the bottom of the toaster.

The toaster has a chromed steel exterior, a front control panel with a rotary toast shade selector and function buttons arranged in an arc, a front removable crumb tray, and Hamilton Beach printed across the front of the toaster.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled toasters and contact the firm to receive instructions on how to obtain a free replacement toaster. Hamilton Beach can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.379.2200 anytime, or at the firm’s website at www.hamiltonbeach.com. General toaster safety information is also available from Hamilton Beach at: http://tinyurl.com/43va5sd.

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