As a child, do you remember being told not to stick metal utensils into the toaster to unlodge toast? If by chance that utensil touches the wrong thing inside of the toaster, you could be easily electrocuted.
Are there really exposed components inside toasters, that touching, would close a circut, and send a lethal amount of electricity through someone? Has there every been an account of this actually happening to anyone?
It seems unlogical to me that, with as strict regulations that we have in the United States, that a company could get away with or would sell something so very dangerous.
I read an article that pointed out that the continued jamming of utensils into a toaster could cause components to weaken and loosen. In turn, you'd have your date with electricity. It seems unlikely that anyone would sit there and stab the innards of a toaster, with that amount of force, to the point where wires were becoming exposed on a large scale. Usually when you are attempting to extract toast, you are being very gentle not to break the toast -- so I don't know how valid that argument is.