The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Salton Inc., has announced a voluntary recall of about 12,000 electric toasters. The toasters can turn on while the slots are empty, and ignite an item that has been placed on top of it, posing a fire hazard. No injuries or incidents have been reported.
Manufactured in China, and sold by online and retail liquidators nationwide from January 2000 through December 2007 for between $40 and $50, this recall involves Farberware, Hoffritz, and Russell Hobbs chrome two slice electric toasters. Check the CPSC press release for model numbers involved in the recall.
Stop using the toaster immediately, unplug it, and carefully cut off the power cord where it enters the body of toaster. Consumers can return the power cord in the provided prepaid envelope to receive a full refund. For more information, contact Salton at (800) 233-9054, or visit their website at www.esalton.com.
FYI: In December 2007, about 13,000 similar model toasters were recalled by QVC.