NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - The parent company behind Mr. Coffee agreed to pay $4.5 million as part of a civil penalty. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Sunbeam Products, Inc./Jarden Consumer Solutions "knowingly failed to report" claims that some people were burned by malfunctioning coffeemakers.
The CPSC said the company received numerous complaints in 2011 and 2012 about its Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing System BVMC-KG1 series. According to the CPSC, at least 32 of the complaints involved people who were burned when the coffeemakers' brewing chamber opened and sprayed hot water and coffee grounds on them, during normal use.
The coffeemakers were sold for $60-$80 between Spet. 2010 and Aug. 2012 on the Mr. Coffee website and retailers nationwide, including Bed Bath & Beyond, JCPenney, Kmart, Lowe's, Target and Walmart. Sunbeam/Jarden eventually recalled 520,000 of the single-cup brewers.