Recall: General Electric Toasters
On 2008-09-30, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding General Electric Toasters due to a potential fire and electric shock hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2007 for about $17.00 to $28.00.
About 200,000 units are involved in this Walmart electric toaster recall. Instance(s) of fires have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 3rd recall of products in the Toasters/Toaster Ovens category in 2008.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 1 million product units.
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What is the problem?
An electrical short circuit can occur between the heating element and the bread cage, posing a fire and electrical shock hazard to consumers.
Instance(s) of fires have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The recalled toasters have a chrome steel body, a black plastic base and controls with either two or four openings in the top. The GE logo is located on the front of the toasters just above the controls. Model numbers 169115 and 169116 are included in this recall. The model number is printed on the bottom of the toasters.
These items were sold new+ at Wal-Mart Stores nationwide from September 2007 through July 2008 for between $17 and $28.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.
The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled toasters and return them to any Wal-Mart for a full refund or replacement toaster.
For additional information, contact Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.walmartstores.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Wal-Mart has received 140 reports of fires or sparks coming from the toasters or the toasters tripping the circuit breaker in consumers' homes. No injuries have been reported.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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