After getting reports of 15 toasters that failed to pop, Hamilton Beach has recalled 300,000 two-slice models because “the heating element in these toasters can remain energized indefinitely.” There have been three reports of damage to kitchen cabinets but no injuries.
The recall involves model 22600 toasters with specific series codes (see the recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission for full details). The chrome toaster has both rotary and button controls arrayed below the handle.
Made in China, the toasters were sold from February 2008 through June 2011 for between $30 and $40. Hamilton Beach is asking consumers to unplug and stop using the toasters and to contact the company to receive instructions on how to obtain a free replacement toaster at (800) 379-2200 or via the firm's website www.hamiltonbeach.com.
Consumer Reports has not tested the toaster that got recalled but other Hamilton Beach models have done well in our toaster and toaster oven tests and some have landed on the recommended list.