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A Mr. Coffee recall is brewing, and includes more than 600,000 units sold in the United States and Canada.
The recall of Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing System units was announced after consumers reported at least 61 injuries. In each case, the brewer's water chamber exploded because of steam, spewing hot water and coffee grounds onto people's faces, arms, and torsos, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Consumers are urged to stop using the product immediately. If you own one of these brewers, you can receive a free replacement unit.
The Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing System subject to the Mr. Coffee recall is produced by Sunbeam Products. The recalled coffeemaker comes in black with silver, red or white trim. The units have a Brew Now/Off button and a removable drip tray, according to the CPSC.
The affected model numbers, which are printed on the bottom of the brewers, are:
So far there have been 164 reports of the brewing chamber bursting open because of steam pressure. That includes the 61 reported injuries, according to the CPSC's recall alert.
The brewers were sold at retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, BrandsMart, JC Penney, Kmart, Lowe's, Target, and Walmart from September 2010 through August 2012 for between $60 and $80.
Consumers can contact the makers of the recalled product at (800) 993-8609 or online at www.mrcoffeerecall.com to learn about receiving a replacement.
If you have been injured by the coffeemaker subject to the Mr. Coffee recall, you are urged to notify the CPSC at (800) 638-2772. You may also want to consider contacting a product liability attorney to learn more about your rights. Companies are generally responsible for defective products and you may be entitled to damages.