Recalls this week: Toasters, golf cars

The Associated Press
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This product photo provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, shows TXT golf cars, Cushman shuttle vehicles and Bad Boy off-road utility vehicles made by E-Z-GO, a Textron Company, of Augusta, Ga. The products are being recalled because the threaded end of the rack rod ball joint can break and the ball joint can become displaced, causing the driver to lose steering control. This can result in a crash. (AP Photo/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

NEW YORK (AP) — It's the second recall in less than a year for a toaster made by Hamilton Beach Brands.

The company this week recalled its classic chrome toasters, some of which were sent to customers as replacements for a model recalled just this summer. The company says the toasters pose a fire hazard because it can heat up even when the lifter isn't in the toasting position.

The company says there have been no injuries.

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GOLF CARS, SHUTTLES AND OFF-ROAD UTILITY VEHICLES

DETAILS: The TXT golf cars, Cushman shuttle vehicles and Bad Boy off-road utility vehicles manufactured by E-Z-GO, a Textron Company, of Augusta, Ga. were sold at E-Z-GO and Bad Boy dealers nationwide from February through July. The vehicles are gas- and electric-powered, four-wheeled vehicles with bench seats for the driver and passengers. The brand and model names are printed on the side and front panels of the vehicles. The vehicles were manufactured in the United States.

WHY: The threaded end of the rack rod ball joint can break and the ball joint can become displaced and cause the driver to lose steering control, posing a crash hazard.

INCIDENTS: The firm is aware of 71 reports of the ball joint breaking, 13 of which resulted in the ball joint displacing. No injuries have been reported.

HOW MANY: About 21,900.

FOR MORE: Call 800-774-3946; visit www.ezgo.com .

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TOASTERS

DETAILS: The Hamilton Beach classic chrome 2-slice toasters were imported by Hamilton Beach Brands Inc., of Glen Allen, Va. and sold at mass merchandisers and department, grocery and home center stores nationwide from August through November. Some of the toasters were sent to consumers as replacements for another toaster model recalled in June. 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 below the control panel. The toasters were manufactured in China.

WHY: When the toasters are first plugged into the outlets, the heating element can be energized although the toaster lifter is in the up or off position, posing a fire hazard if the toaster is near flammable items.

INCIDENTS: The company has received 5 reports of toasters being energized when first plugged into an outlet. There have been no reports of injuries or property damage.

HOW MANY: About 14,000.

FOR MORE: Call 800-576-6600; visit www.hamiltonbeach.com .