Keurig is recalling more than 7 million single-serving coffee brewing machines after receiving reports about burns. Hopefully you didn't get your grandma one for Christmas!
The Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System can overheat and spray hot water during brewing, creating the potential for burns, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Keurig has received about 200 reports of hot liquid escaping during the brewing process, including 90 burn-related injuries. The issue does not affect any other brewer models, according to Keurig.
The recalled models were available in several colors (including black, red, white, cobalt blue, aqua blue, purple, platinum, emerald, yellow, orchid, bayberry, mauve and Poinciana. Poinciana?). They have an ID number printed on the bottom starting with K10, followed by a range of numbers.
The spewing brewers were sold in-store and online at multiple retailers including Kmart, Kohl’s, Target and Walmart from December 2009 through December 2014. (They retail for $100, and a quick Internet search showed they were still for sale at Bed, Bath & Beyond, Target, Amazon, Best Buy and other retailers.)
Keurig says the brewer can still be used, although customers should not brew more than two cups in quick succession unless they want a bonus waterworks show. "You can continue to use your brewer," the company says in a statement. However, "We recommend you avoid brewing more than two cups in rapid succession and maintain an arm’s length distance from the brewer during the brewing process." And, if by chance you did get one for grandma, "If you purchased the product as a gift, please notify the gift recipient of this important safety information."
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Customers should contact Keurig for a free repair kit by calling (844) 255-7886. Yes, that appears to mean they will not refund your money, just put a Band-Aid on the problem. What's in the kit, a roll of duct tape?
For more information about the recall, visit Keurig’s website. (This is, perhaps, what you get for purchasing such a craptastic piece of "coffee"-making tomfoolery in the first place.)