February 7, 2002
Applica Consumer Products Has Recalled Black & Decker® Brand VersaToast?
Lakes, Fl (SafetyAlerts)
-Applica Consumer Products Inc.
has recalled about
2.1 million VersaToast? wide-slot toasters. Applica made and sold these
toasters under the Black & Decker® brand. The heating element in these
toasters can continue to operate after use, posing a fire hazard.
CPSC and Applica are aware of nine reports of fires associated with these
toasters after a period of non-use, resulting in minor property damage to
kitchen cabinets. One minor injury was reported to the firm, but it has not
been confirmed and is under investigation.
The recall includes both two-slice and four-slice Black & Decker® brand
VersaToast? wide-slot toasters. "BLACK & DECKER®," "VersaToast?" and "WIDE
SLOT" are written on the side of the toaster near the cooking controls. The
toasters have either white or black plastic enclosures. They have model
number T1200, T1250, T1400 or T1450 written on the bottom of the toaster.
Discount department stores, including Wal-Mart, Service Merchandise, Kohl's
Department Stores and Bradlees, sold the toasters nationwide from June 1999
through January 2002. The two-slice toasters sold for between $10 and $20.
The four-slice toasters sold for between $18 and $30.
Consumers should unplug and stop using these recalled toasters immediately.
For more information on receiving a refund, consumers should call Applica
Consumer Products Inc. toll-free at (866) 264-9230 anytime, or go to the
firm's web site at www.householdproductsinc.com.