May 22, 1990


Release # 90-101



WASHINGTON, DC--Toastmaster Inc. of Columbia, MO (now Salton-Toastmaster), is replacing 8857 four-slice electric toasters because a defective switch may create a fire, contact burn or severe electric shock hazard. This recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Some toasters have a defective switch that could allow the heating elements to continue operating after the toasting cycle. While there have been no reports of injuries or fires to date as a result of switch failure, the company said it will replace all Model D126T toasters because of the potential hazards posed by the defective switch.

Toastmaster said its Model D126T electric toaster features a chrome case with a black-and-silver nameplate. The Toastmaster brand name appears on the lower right-hand corner of each appliance. Manufactured in April, May and June of 1989, the toasters sold nationwide between $30 and $35 each.

Consumers should check the crumb tray at the bottom of the toaster for the D126T model number and a five letter and digit date code running from EL101 through EL158. No other Toastmaster toasters or products are involved in the recall. CPSC learned about the defective toasters in a report provided by Toastmaster.

Consumers having the affected toasters should unplug the appliance and contact the company for instructions on returning the unit for a new toaster.

Consumers may call the firm which is now handling this recall, Salton-Toastmaster, toll-free at (800) 233-9054 or write Salton-Toastmaster, 1801 North Stadium Blvd., Columbia, Missouri 65202.