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Viking Range Corp. Recalls Toasters Due to Shock Hazard

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Recall Date:
January 06, 2009

Recall Details

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 6, 2009
Release #09-081

Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 267-4460

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Four-Slice Electric Toasters

Units: About 10,000

Distributor: Viking Range Corp., of Greenwood, Miss.

Hazard: Wiring inside the toaster can become loose and contact the toaster body, posing a shock hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Viking has received five reports from consumers who experienced minor shock when touching the outside of the toaster.

Description: The recall involves Viking Professional Four-Slot Toasters, model numbers VT400WH, VT400BK, VT400GG, VT400SG, VT400BR and VT400CB. The toaster has a label on its underside that states in part, "Viking, UL Listed 73D3, Viking Range Corporation, Model VT400 Series".

Sold at: Culinary products retailers, online dealers, and Viking's web site from April 2005 through November 2008 for about $300.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the toaster immediately and unplug it, and contact Viking to obtain a free replacement toaster.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Viking toll-free at (888) 267-4460 Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time, and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Central time, or visit the firm's Web site at www.vikingrange.com

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