Hamilton Beach recalls Toasters due to Fire Hazard

altOn June 30th, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hamilton Beach, Inc., announced a voluntary recall of their classic chrome, 2-slice toasters due to a potential fire hazard

What do you need to know about this recall?

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. As of this 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, but as of June 30th, 2011 no injuries have been reported.

About 300,000 of these toasters were sold and the recall involves model 22600 toasters with specific series codes beginning 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.

These products were sold at mass merchandisers and department, grocery and home center stores nationwide and various online retailers from February 2008 through June 2011 for between $30 and $40 and they were manufactured in China.

What should you do if you own one of these products?

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toasters and contact the firm to receive instructions on how to obtain a free replacement toaster. Consumers should be aware it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product. For additional information, contact Hamilton Beach at (800) 379-2200 anytime, or visit the firm’s website.

General information about this recall can also be accessed at the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.