WASHINGTON – At least 7 million coffee makers from a popular coffee machine manufacturer need to be brought in for repairs to avoid the risk of scalding hot water spraying onto unsuspecting java drinkers.
The Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System poses a burn risk to consumers, the federal government announced Tuesday.
“Water can overheat during brewing, spray out and burn consumers,” the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a statement.
Keurig has received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the brewer, including 90 reports of burn-related injuries.
The items has been sold at Kmart, Kohl’s, Target, Walmart and other retailers nationwide, and online at www.keurig.com, www.greenmountaincoffee.com and www.keurig.ca from December 2009 through December 2014 for about $100.
Recalled brewers have an identification number starting with “31” followed by a range of numbers printed on a white sticker on the bottom of the brewer. They are single-serve, hot beverage brewers and were sold in 13 different colors with silver trim. Colors include black, red, white, cobalt blue, aqua blue, purple, platinum, emerald, yellow, orchid, bayberry, mauve and poinciana. The recalled brewers measure about 11 inches tall, have a “Brew” button, three cup size brewing options (6 oz., 8 oz. and 10 oz.), and a removable drip tray. The water tank is located on top of the unit towards the back. K10 is marked on the packaging..
Consumers may call Keurig Green Mountain Inc. of Waterbury, Vermont, at 1-844-255-7886 to arrange for free repair.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually.