Hamilton Beach Toasters Recalled Due To Fire Hazard, By CPSCPosted in Product Liability Keith Belt
Every year, tens of thousands of people are injured by unsafe or faulty products , Alabama product liability attorney Keith T. Belt says
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Hamilton Beach Brands Inc., of Glen Allen, Va. , today announced a voluntary recall of all Hamilton Beach® classic chrome 2-slice toasters . Consumers should stop using this recalled product, manufactured in China, immediately unless otherwise instructed.
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. Hamilton Beach has received 15 reports of toasters that did not pop-up as intended, including three reports of minor damage to kitchen cabinets. To-date there have been no reports of injuries, but the opportunity for this to occur remains a major concern for the CPSC.
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. Mass merchandisers, department, grocery and home center stores as well as various online retailers from February 2008 through June 2011 sold the Hamilton Beach toasters nationwide for between $30.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toasters and contact the firm to receive instructions on how to obtain a free replacement toaster. For additional information, contact Hamilton Beach at (800) 379-2200 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.hamiltonbeach.com. General toaster safety information available from Hamilton Beach at (http://tinyurl.com/43va5sd).