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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 1995

Release # 95-149
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC, TEFAL Corp. Announce Toaster Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), TEFAL Corporation of Pine Brook, N.J., is voluntarily recalling 6,775 Model 8781 Hi-Speed Toasters. The toaster's heating unit may not turn off, presenting a potential fire hazard.

TEFAL received 11 reports of the toaster overheating. In some instances, food items caught fire; and in one instance, a fire from the toaster caused damage to a kitchen. The white plastic toasters measure approximately 14 inches long, 6 inches high, and 4.5 inches wide. The words "TEFAL Hi-speed Thick 'n' Thin" appear on the side of the toaster. A dial with six control settings is located in the bottom right hand corner of the front of the toaster.Various retailers sold the toasters nationwide from June 1994 to December 1994 for $29.99.

Consumers who own a toaster manufactured by TEFAL should disconnect it and check the model number located on a metal plate on the bottom of the toaster. Consumers who have a Model 8781 toaster should contact TEFAL at (800) 395-8325 to arrange for a replacement or refund. CPSC and TEFAL are not aware of injuries involving this product. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injury.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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