December 23, 2014 — The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning about the risk of severe burn injuries from millions of Keurig coffee makers.
There is a burn hazard due to the water overheating and spraying out of the unit. There are about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer and 90 reports of burn injuries. The company estimates the incidence rate at approximately 0.003%.
The recall involves nearly 7.2 million Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems, and no other models. The units were produced between December 2009 and July 2014 and sold for about $100 at major retailers, including Kmart, Kohl’s, Target, and Walmart.
About 6.6 million were sold in the United States. Another 574,000 units were sold in Canada. According to Health Canada, Keurig has received 25 reports of liquid spraying from the product, resulting in 17 minor burns in Canada.
The recalled brewers have model number “K10” and an identification number starting with “31” printed on the bottom.
Keurig is asking customers to contact them for a free repair and information about how to avoid a burn injury. On the website for the MINI Plus Brewer, Keurig recommends:
“In the meantime, you can continue to use your brewer. We recommend you avoid brewing more than two cups in rapid succession and maintain an arm’s length distance from the brewer during the brewing process.”
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