Safety Alert Number 0803133

Hamilton Beach Recalls Toasters Due to Fire Hazard

Release #08-212

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 574-6800
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Hamilton Beach Recalls Toasters 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 immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Hamilton Beach(r) and Proctor-Silex(r) Toasters

Units: About 482,000

Importer: Hamilton Beach Brands Inc. , of Glen Allen, Va.

Hazard: The toasters can remain "on" (energized) after popping up, and can ignite flammable items covering or in contact with the toaster, posing a fire hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Hamilton Beach has received at least 63 reports of toasters that remained "on" despite being in the "up" position. There are no reports of injuries or fires.

Description: The recalled Hamilton Beach(r) and Proctor-Silex(r) toasters are black, red, white, chrome or brushed chrome with 2-slice or 4-slice openings. Hamilton Beach or Proctor-Silex is printed on the side of the toasters. Only specific series codes of each model are included in this recall. The model number and series code are printed on the bottom of the toasters.

Model Numbers
22145B
22779
22145BC
22900
22450
22903
22559
22903H
22625
24450
22627C
24559
22635
24657
22657
24779
22658

Sold at: Department stores, mass merchandisers, grocery stores, home center stores, and other retail stores nationwide, and various online retailers from August 2007 through February 2008 for between $13 and $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toasters and contact Hamilton Beach for instructions to receive a free replacement toaster.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Hamilton Beach at: (800) 574-6800 anytime, or visit the firm's Web site at www.hamiltonbeach.com for Hamilton Beach(r) toasters, and www.proctorsilex.com for Proctor-Silex(r) toasters.

To see this release on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08212.html