Keurig is recalling nearly 7.2 million of its MINI Plus Brewing Systems after reports that the machines have caused dozens of burn injuries.
The recall includes about 6.6 million MINI Plus Brewing Systems in the United States and another 564,000 in Canada, reports USA Today. The recall was issued after the company received more than 200 reports of hot liquid escaping from the machine, causing at least 90 burn-related injuries.
What should consumers know about the recall of this potentially defective product?
Burn Injuries Reportedly 'Minor'
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, water from the machines can overheat during brewing, spraying out and causing burns. A Keurig vice president told USA Today that the injuries reported from were "generally minor" and were "handled promptly." Nevertheless, the company decided to recall the machines subject to the reported malfunction.
The recalled machines are Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems with model number K10 marked on the product's packaging. The machines can also be identified using the product's serial number located on the bottom of the brewer. A full list of the recalled serial numbers are available at the CPSC website.
According to the CPSC, the recalled units were sold between December 2009 and July 2014, both online through the Keurig website and at major retailers such as Target, Walmart, and Kohl's.
When potentially defective automobiles or consumer products are recalled, the manufacturer is generally required to provide consumers with a recall remedy at no cost to the consumer. In this case, consumers who have purchased a Keurig machine included in the recall can receive a free repair kit by contacting Keurig by phone or by email using the contact information available on the MINI Plus Brewing System website.
Meantime, the company recommends that consumers using the product avoid brewing more than two cups in rapid succession, and maintain an arm's length distance from the machine during the brewing process.
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