April 12, 2000Fire Hazard Sparks Proctor-Silex
Glen Allen, VA (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Proctor-Silex Inc. is voluntarily
recalling about 95,000 toasters. The heating elements in these toasters can remain on
after the toast pops up. This poses a fire hazard.
CPSC and Proctor-Silex have received
at least 24 complaints from consumers of these toasters staying on after the toast popped
up. There have been three reports of food fires, resulting in property damage to kitchen
cabinets. No injuries have been reported.
These are traditional upright
electric toasters with single lifters and four extra-wide slots that can accommodate bread
or bagels. The toasters with model number 24205 are white, and toasters with model number
24208 are black and chrome.
The model number, series code, UL
logo and "MADE IN CHINA" are printed on the bottom of the toaster. The recall
includes only toasters with series codes A0379 through A3279 or series code A2589 through
A3289. The name "Proctor-Silex" is written in gray lettering on the front panel
of the toaster. A control dial, labeled in units from "1" to "6" for
adjusting the degree of toasting, and a bread lifter for raising and lowering the food are
located on the front of the toaster.
Mass merchandise stores nationwide,
including Ames, Bradlees, Burdines, Eckerd, Rite Aid, Servistar and Walgreens, sold these
toasters from April 1997 through September 1999 for between $20 and $25.
Consumers should immediately unplug
and stop using these toasters. For information on receiving a free replacement toaster,
consumers should call Proctor-Silex toll-free at (800) 992-4616 between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m
ET Monday through Friday, or go to their web site at http://www.proctorsilex.com/recall/
Notice of this product warning was
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subscribers April 12, 2000.
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