Safety Alert Number 0712105

Black & Decker(r) Brand Toasters Recalled By Applica Consumer Products Inc. Due to Fire Hazard

Release #08-111

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 556-9439
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Firm's Media Contact: Jennifer Furey, (312) 596-3615

Black & Decker(r) Brand Toasters Recalled By Applica Consumer Products Inc. Due to Fire Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.  Consumers should stop using recalled products and unplug the unit immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Black & Decker(r) brand Infrawave(tm) Toasters

Units: About 70,000

Distributor: Applica Consumer Products Inc. , of Miramar, Fla.

Hazard: An electrical component in the toaster can overheat and ignite the circuit board, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Applica has received two reports of the toasters igniting, including one report of fire that damaged a kitchen countertop and cabinets.  There have been no reported injuries.

Description and Model: The recalled two-slice toaster is black with stainless steel trim and has a digital display below the toaster lever. The Black & Decker(r) brand name is on the top of the toaster.  Model number ST2000 is printed on the rating plate on the bottom of the toaster.

Manufactured in: China

Sold at: Home improvement and discount department retailers nationwide from March 2007 through November 2007 for about $50.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled toaster, unplug it immediately, and contact Applica to receive a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Applica at (800)556-9439 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or log on to the firm's Web site at http://www.acprecall.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08111.html