If you have got one of these babies, you might want to send it back. Last week, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that this brand and model of coffee makers are being recalled due to safety considerations.
The Commission announced that users could get burned due to a flaw in the machine. The specific reason for this is that the brew basket can potentially get out of alignment. When this happens the hot water (scalding hot!) will overflow. Obviously, if any part of your body gets in contact with that, you will get burned.
Yes, there have been reports of this happening and users getting injured. Applica Consumer Products Inc., the distributor of the coffee maker stated that they have received about 235 reports of the malfunction. Of these reports, 10 involved users getting second-degree burns.
Statistics show that roundabouts 584,000 units of this machine have been sold in the period from March 2006 to March 2009. Stores that sell the Spacemaker Coffee Machine include K-Mart, Kohl’s, Target, Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond, and Amazon.com. A unit can cost anywhere from $60 to $70.
It is important to note that NOT ALL models are defective in this regard. The announcement takes note of those models that are being recalled:
Description: The recalled product is the Black & Decker-branded Spacemaker™ coffeemaker. The product has an under-cabinet mount, programmable digital clock/timer, removable water reservoir, and either a 12-cup glass carafe or an 8-cup thermal carafe. Only model numbers ODC440, ODC440B, ODC450 and ODC460 are included in the recall. The model number can be located on the back of the coffeemaker.
For information, call Applica toll-free at (866) 668-4442 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday OR visit their web site at www.acprecall.com.