More than 600,000 single-serve coffeemakers have been recalled by Mr. Coffee in the U.S. and Canada because a build-up of steam in the coffeemaker's water reservoir can force the brewing chamber open, spitting out hot coffee grounds and water. There have been 61 reports of burns to consumers' faces, upper torsos and hands and 164 reports of the brewing chamber opening due to steam pressure, according to the recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The 12 models of recalled Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing Systems—one of which was tested by Consumer Reports—were sold at mass merchandisers nationwide, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Brandsmart, JC Penney, Kmart, Lowe's, Target and Walmart, and online at www.mrcoffee.com from September 2010 through August 2012 for between $60 and $80.
The recall affects the following model numbers, which are printed on the bottom of the coffeemaker.
Consumers should stop using the coffeemaker, the CPSC advises. Owners can contact the importer, Jarden Consumer Solutions (toll-free: 800-993-8609; website: www.mrcoffeerecall.com), for instructions on how to obtain a free replacement unit.
Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewers Recalled by JCS Due to Burn Hazard [CPSC]
Consumer Product Recall: Mr. Coffee BVMC-KG1 Single Cup Brewer [Health Canada]
Important Recall Notice [Mr. Coffee Recall]