Burn Risk Prompts Recall of More Than 7 Million Keurig Coffee MakersDec 29, 2014
Keurig Green Mountain, which makes single-cup coffee brewer systems, has recalled about 6.6 million Mini Plus Brewing Systems in the U.S. and 564,000 in Canada following burn reports, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced.
Water can “overheat during brewing, spray out and burn consumers,” according to the CPSC. The recalled units, which have identification numbers beginning with 31, were produced between December 2009 and July 2014, and sold until December 2014. The single-serve brewers, made in 13 different colors, sold for approximately $100, USA Today reports. Keurig contacted the CPSC and Health Canada about the model K10. The company had received about 200 reports of hot water coming out of the brewer. About 90 of the reports involved burn-related injuries. National Public Radio reported that many of the incidents of hot water spraying from a brewer came when multiple cups were brewed in succession.
Carl Tobias, a professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, was concerned that many owners of the recalled coffee makers might not hear of the recall during the busy holiday season, according to USA Today.
Customers should contact Keurig for instructions about how to get a free repair of their machine. The company will also give instructions about how to avoid burns. Keurig said in a statement that it is “working closely” with retailers to recall all affected brewers, according to USA Today. For new orders for the Mini Plus Brewer, Keurig is shipping a new product that is not affected by the recall.