FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

August 17, 1992

 

Release # 92-129

 

PRODUCT: Braun models E200T and E260T espresso/capuccino makers distributed nationwide from November 1990 through July 1992.

PROBLEM: If the espresso/capuccino makers' filter holders are not properly and firmly positioned, they may dislodge under pressure and release steam, coffee grounds, and, under some circumstances, break the glass carafes below. Consumers, as a result may receive burns or other personal injuries.

WHAT TO DO: Braun is offering written notices and labels to put on the espresso/capuccino makers. The notices and labels serve as guides for proper positioning of the filter holder handle. For a free notice and label, call 1-800-272-8610.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Braun, Inc. of Lynnfield, MA, is voluntarily issuing an important safety warning regarding its E200T and E260T four cup espresso/cappuccino makers. If the filter holder is not properly and firmly positioned, it may dislodge under pressure and release steam, coffee grounds, and, under some circumstances, break the glass carafe below. Consumers may receive burns or other personal injuries as a result.

CPSC was informed of this potentially unsafe situation by Braun as a result of 52 consumer reports, including 13 injuries. Injuries reported included cuts, scratches, and burns. Models E200T and E260T Braun Espresso Masters were distributed nationwide between November 1990 and July 1992.

Written notification of the potential hazard is being sent to consumers who returned warranty registration cards. Retail stores where the products were sold are also being notified. Each consumer will be provided a written notice and label to put on each espresso maker. The company asks that the labels be affixed to the espresso maker as a guide for properpositioning of the filter holder handle to prevent further incidents. The important safety notice and labels may be obtained free by calling 1-800-272-8610.

CPSC is announcing this warning as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to help reduce the estimated 28.5 million injuries and 21,600 deaths that occur each year from the 15,000 different types of consumer products within CPSC'S jurisdiction.