Recall: Hamilton Beach toasters—Fire hazard

Consumer Reports News: December 15, 2011 12:53 PM

Hamilton Beach Brands, of Glen Allen, Va., has recalled about 14,000 classic chrome two-slice toasters because of a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today.

When the toasters are first plugged into an outlet, 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.

Hamilton Beach has received five reports of toasters being energized when first plugged into an outlet. There have been no reports of injuries or property damage.

The 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 removable crumb tray, and a front control panel with a rotary toast shade selector and function buttons arranged in an arc. "Hamilton Beach" is printed below the control panel.

The recalled toasters were sold for $19 to $34 at mass merchandisers and department, grocery and home center stores nationwide from August through November of this year. Also, some of these toasters were sent to consumers as replacements for the model 22600 toasters recalled in June.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toasters and contact Hamilton Beach for instructions about how to obtain a free replacement toaster. For more information call Hamilton Beach at 800-576-6600 anytime, or visit

Neither this, nor the previously recalled toaster is one of the Hamilton Beach models that we have tested, but other Hamilton Beach models have done well in our toaster and toaster oven tests, and some have landed on the recommended list.

Toasters Recalled by Hamilton Beach Due to Fire Hazard [CPSC]

Maggie Shader

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