My GE Spectra is about five years old. I don't bake very often, maybe twice at Christmas and once a week when making a roast or casserole. Last night a hot spot (an extra bright spot) on the lower heating element that I had been keeping an eye on for a while ('cause I never saw one before) shorted out and burnt with an arc-white flame. Threw the 220 line breaker and it stopped. DO NOT STAND THERE AND WATCH IT BURN! This is very inconvenient and unsafe. It is not enough to say "things don't last like they used to". Perhaps an element might rupture in a cheap toaster oven but we have an order of magnitude difference in price here! Now I know what will happen and you do, too. Replace element if you see a hot spot. I want a recall, and better-made replacement upper and lower calrods! Wonder what's going on with the burners beneath the glass top?