June 18, 2015 — The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has filed a lawsuit against the maker of a coffee pot for allegedly failing to report a problem with a defective plastic handle that could break, posing a laceration and burn hazard.
The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the lawsuit was filed in federal court in Madison against Middleton-based Spectrum Brands Holdings, Inc. and its former subsidiary.
The companies recalled the Black & Decker SpaceMaker coffee pots in June 2012, and again in August 2013, after receiving over 1,600 reports of handles breaking, including 83 reports of burns and/or cuts.
According to CPSC, the companies waited until April 2012 to tell the government about the problem, despite receiving hundreds of consumer complaints since early 2009. The lawsuit also accused the company of selling hundreds of coffeemakers after April 2012, although these were also eventually recalled.
The 12-cup coffee pots are glass with a molded plastic handle and a metal bracket running around the glass near the bottom. The product was designed to mount under a cabinet. It was available in white of black and had the words “Black & Decker Spacemaker” printed in the top right-hand corner.
The lawsuit is U.S. v. Spectrum Brands Inc., U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin (Case No. 15-00371).
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