Hi roanoke dave,
You clearly have a defective unit (not the kind of "hot" you want),
and I'd recommend going to the customer service number below and
getting a new unit. I've called them, it takes awhile to get through,
but they did try to help. The automated phone attendant will also offer
an email address you can use for priority service (24-hour response if
It shouldn't matter if you're in-warranty or not,
what they sold you is downright hazardous. Call them on it. If they
don't want to cooperate, see my note below.
And click on "George Foreman" (lower-right portion of the page), it redirects you to a secure webpage where you can register.
Part of the page reads:
"Call toll-free or visit our websites for assistance if you need more help.
Parts & Accessories:
Phone: 1-800-738-0245 (Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., ET)
Service: 1-800-231-9786 (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., ET)"
If for some reason they don't want to help, it's time to contact the
consumer protection division of your state attorney-general's office
and "light 'em up" (Salton, Inc) for putting out a defective (and potentially
dangerous) product on the public.
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