Keurig Green Mountain Inc., a maker of home-brewing machines for beverages, is recalling more than 7 million coffee-making systems after reports of people being burned by hot liquid that sprayed from the devices.
The company will recall about 6.6 million of its Keurig MINI Plus brewing systems in the U.S. and 564,000 in Canada after around 200 reports of water overheating and spraying out of the machines, including 90 incidents of burn-related injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The item has been sold at major retailers since 2009 for about $100 (U.S.), the CPSC said today in a statement.
The recall, coming two days before Christmas, is unfortunate timing for Waterbury, Vt.-based Keurig, and customers who may have bought the brewers. Last month, the company said it had set aside an estimated $22-million for sales returns on "certain MINI Plus brewers, where in very rare cases hot liquid could escape the brewer." Keurig said it expected to receive insurance money related to the defective machines and recorded a charge of $10-million in its fiscal 2014.
Keurig is offering free repairs for the recalled devices, which were made between December, 2009, and July of this year.
"We are working closely with our retail customers to recall all affected product," Suzanne DuLong, a spokeswoman for the company, said in an e-mailed statement.
The company's machines allow users to make beverages such as coffee that are sold in individual pods. This year, Coca-Cola Co. bought a 10-per-cent stake in Keurig for about $1.25-billion, while Kraft Foods Group Inc. agreed to bring its coffee brands such as Maxwell House, Yuban and McCafe to Keurig's brewing system.