Hamilton Beach Brands of Glen Allen, VA has announced the recall of about 14,000 of its Hamilton Beach-brand classic chrome 2-slice toaster manufactured in China.
The company says that, when the toasters are first plugged into the outlets, the heating element can be energized even though the toaster lifter is in the up or off position. This condition can pose a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items. Hamilton Beach says that it has receive five reports of toasters being energized when first plugged into an outlet, but no reports of injuries or property damage.
The recalled toasters were sold through mass merchandisers and department, grocery and home center stores nationwide from August 2011 through November 2011 for between $19 and $34. In addition, some of these toasters were sent to consumers as replacements for a different toaster model originally recalled in June 2011.