2-slice Hamilton Beach Toasters Recalled

altOn December 15th, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hamilton Beach, 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?

When the toasters are first plugged into the outlets, the heating element can be energized, although the toaster lifter is in the up or off position, which can pose a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items. The Hamilton Beach recall involves model 22602 toasters. The model number is 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 below the control panel.

About 14,000 of these toasters were sold at mass merchandisers and department, grocery and home center stores nationwide from August 2011 through November 2011 for between $19 and $34 and they were manufacturered in China. Also, some of these toasters were sent to consumers as replacements for model 22600 toasters recalled in June 2011. As of December 15th, 2011, Hamilton Beach has received 5 reports of toasters being energized when first plugged into an outlet. There have been no reports of injuries or property damage as of this same date.

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 also be aware that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

 For additional information, contact Hamilton Beach at (800) 576-6600 anytime, or visit the firm’s website. General toaster safety information is available here from Hamilton Beach. General information on product recalls can also be found at the CPSC website.