Wal-Mart is recalling about 210,000 General Electric toasters that could cause fires or shocks. According to the company, an electrical short circuit can occur between the heating element and the bread cage, posing a fire and electrical shock hazard to consumers. Wal-Mart has received 140 reports of fires or sparks coming from the toasters or the toasters tripping the circuit breaker in consumers’ homes. Thus far, no injuries have been reported.
The recalled toasters have a chrome steel body, a black plastic base and controls with either two or four openings in the top. The GE logo is located on the front of the toasters just above the controls. Model numbers 169115 (four-slice toaster) and 169116 (two-slice toaster) are included in this recall. The model number is printed on the bottom of the toasters.
The recalled toasters were sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from September 2007 through July 2008 for between $17 and $28. If you own one of the recalled toasters, stop using it immediately and return it to any Wal-Mart for a full refund or replacement toaster. For more information, contact Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit www.walmartstores.com.