The following recall has been announced:
DETAILS: Hamilton Beach classic chrome 2-slice toasters imported by Hamilton Beach Brands Inc., of Glen Allen, Va.; sold at mass merchandisers and department, grocery and home center stores nationwide from August through November 2011. Some of the toasters were sent to consumers as replacements for another toaster model recalled in June 2011. 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 below the control panel. The toasters were manufactured in China.
WHY: When the toasters are first plugged into the outlets, the heating element can be energized although the toaster lifter is in the up or off position, posing a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items.
INCIDENTS: Hamilton Beach has received 5 reports of toasters being energized when first plugged into an outlet. There have been no reports of injuries or property damage.
HOW MANY: About 14,000.
FOR MORE: Contact Hamilton Beach at 800-576-6600 anytime, or visit the firm's website at www.hamiltonbeach.com.