March 6, 1997


Release # 97-081

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health o meter Inc. of Bedford Heights, Ohio, voluntarily recalled about 50,000 Mr. Coffee espresso/cappuccino makers to replace their filter holders and filter baskets. The construction of the filter holder could make it difficult for consumers to rotate the holder securely into position. If the filter holder is not rotated securely into position, it can dislodge under pressure. As a result, it can break the glass carafe and consumers can be cut by broken glass or burned by escaping steam, coffee, or coffee grounds.

Health o meter has received 43 reports of the filter holder dislodging, which resulted in 3 reported injuries, including cuts and burns.

Only model ECM9 Mr. Coffee espresso/cappuccino makers are involved in this recall. The model number is imprinted on the bottom of the machines' base. The black plastic and metal espresso/cappuccino makers measure 13 inches long by 7.5 inches wide by 10.25 inches high. The filter holder is made entirely of black plastic, and the machines come with a 4-cup glass carafe. Since many espresso/cappuccino makers are similar in appearance, consumers should check the model number to see if their machines are part of this recall.

Mr. Coffee Espresso/Cappuccino Maker

The espresso/cappuccino makers are packaged in a carton labeled in part, "Mr. Coffee Steam Espresso/Cappuccino Maker ECM9." Labeling on the carton is written in both English and French. The carton displays a picture of the espresso/cappuccino maker.

Various retail stores sold the espresso/cappuccino makers nationwide from September 1996 through February 1997 for about $40.

Consumers should immediately stop using the model ECM9 Mr. Coffee espresso/cappuccino makers. Consumers should contact Sunbeam Products, Inc. at (800) 672-6333 for assistance (Mr. Coffee is no longer owned by Health o meter, Inc., but Sunbeam Products, Inc. has now taken over in responding to questions about this recall). Consumers should have their espresso/cappuccino makers available at the time of the call to verify the model number.