In a press release, Hamilton Beach Brands Inc, in conjunction with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), announced that it has voluntarily recalled its classic chrome 2-slice toaster. The recall effects about 14,000 products in the 22602 toaster model series. The company stated that the toaster heats and energizes even with the lever pushed up and in the off position, which can result in a fire hazard and potentially cause serious burn injuries to consumers. There have been reports by five consumers that the toasters energize upon first plugging in, however no injuries have been reported so far. The toasters are sold in mass retail and department stores. Consumers with this model are being instructed to contact Hamilton Beach immediately for further instructions.
As a Seattle personal injury attorney, I’ve witnessed this type of safety recall many times over the coarse of my career and I understand the challenges that manufacturers have to deal with when attempting to product quality products for their customers. That said, Ive also seen the devastating injuries that can result from the use of a defective product. If you’ve been injured through the normal use of a defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your area to discuss your rights as a consumer.