Reports of consumers getting a face full of steam and scorching coffee grounds, with 61 suffering burns, have sparked a recall of more than 600,000 Mr. Coffee single-cup brewers.
The products — which were sold for up to $80 online and at retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Wal-Mart — have resulted in 59 American customers and two Canadian buyers reporting burns to their faces, upper torsos and hands.
Steam built up in the brewer’s water reservoir can force the chamber open and cause hot water and coffee grounds to spew out, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Some 520,000 units in the U.S. and 80,700 in Canada are being recalled, according to the agency and its north-of-the-border counterpart Health Canada. The products were sold from September 2010 to August and were made in China and imported by Jarden Consumer Solutions, which also owns appliance brands such as Oster and Sunbeam.
Consumers should stop using the coffee makers — which come in black with silver, red or white trim — according to the commission. A list of affected model numbers are available on the agency’s website.
Owners can contact Jarden for a replacement unit.