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300,000 Hamilton Beach Toasters Under Recall

10:40 AM, Jul 1, 2011   |    comments
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WASHINGTON, DC (WLTX) -- One of the country's most popular manufacturers of kitchen appliances is issuing a recall on a line of toasters.

Hamilton Beach is recalling more than 300,000 2-slice toasters.

The company says the heating elements in the "Hamilton Beach Classic Chrome Toaster" can stay lit indefinitely after food is placed inside it, which could lead to a fire.

So far the company has received 3 reports of small kitchen fires started by food that didn't pop up, and reports of 12 additional close calls.

Anyone who owns one of these toasters, which were sold between February of 2008 and June of 2011 for about $30, is asked to stop using them and call Hamilton Beach for a replacement toaster.

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