This sounds like a terrible way to start your day.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of 300,000 classic chrome two-slice Hamilton Beach toasters after 15 reports of toasters that did not pop up as intended, igniting the contents. In three cases, there was minor damage to kitchen cabinets, but no injuries.
How did the fires start? The heating elements continued to heat indefinitely, apparently.
The toasters were sold in stores and online from February 2008 through June 2011 for about $30 to $40.
According to the CPSC:
"The Hamilton Beach recall involves model 22600 toasters with specific series codes. These series codes begin with the letters C or D, and have the format of CXXXXBI or DXXXXBI, where XXXX is a four-digit number ranging from 0190 through 5290. The model number and series code are printed on the bottom of the toaster. The toaster has a chromed steel exterior, a front control panel with a rotary toast shade selector and function buttons arranged in an arc, a front removable crumb tray and Hamilton Beach printed across the front of the toaster."
If you've got one of these at home, be sure to stop using it and contact Hamilton Beach at 800-379-2200 at any time of the day for a replacement.
According to Hamilton Beach's recall website, the company recalled 482,000 toasters in 2008 for what sounds like a similar problem.