Wal-Mart has recalled 210,000 defective General Electric toasters after receiving 140 reports of fires and sparks. A Consumer Reports Safety Blog states that two models, a two slice and four slice unit, were included in the recall. According to a September 30, 2008 recall notice by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the toasters have also tripped the circuit breaker in a number of consumers’ homes. So far 140 fires have been reported as a result of these defective toasters.

The recalled toasters have a chrome steel body and a black plastic base and controls. The GE logo is located on the front of the toasters just above the controls. The model numbers included in the recall are 169115 and 169116. The model numbers can be found on the bottom of the toaster. These defective units were sold at Wal-Mart stores nationwide between September 2007 and July 2008 for between $17 and $28. Consumers are asked to stop using these recalled toasters immediately and return them to any Wal-Mart for a full refund or replacement toaster. Those who would like more information are asked to call Wal-Mart at 1-800-925-6278 or visit their Web site at www.walmartstores.com.

This product defect could have resulted in serious burn injuries. In less than a year 140 fires were reported. I’m glad Wal-Mart took it off the market and are offering affected customers a full refund. However, Wal-Mart should have reacted a lot sooner when they knew the toaster was defective and causing fires.

When product manufacturers deny product defects or drag their feet on a recall, it shows their lack of concern for the safety and well being of consumers. We have seen it happen with manufacturers of every product from clothes and toys to automobiles. Remember that if you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one because of a defective product, you have rights. If you’d like to get more information, please contact us.