August 19, 2005
Release #05-246
Firm's Recall Hotline:(800) 874-4084


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: 10-Cup Coffeemaker Carafes and Replacement Carafes

Units: About 14,000

Importer: West Bend Housewares LLC, of West Bend, Wis. 

Hazard: The carafe handle can unexpectedly loosen or break, resulting in the carafe falling. This can cause burn injuries from hot coffee or lacerations from broken glass.

Incidents/Injuries: West Bend Housewares has received 194 reports of the handles breaking, including three reports of consumers receiving burns to their hands and arms.

Description: The carafe is a 10-cup capacity glass pot with a black, plastic handle. It is used with the West Bend Housewares 10-cup Automatic Coffeemaker (item # 56870). The 10-cup replacement carafe was sold separately (item # 5815). There is a four-digit date code printed on the bottom of the coffeemaker. Date codes beginning with 04 are included in this recall.

Sold at: AAFES, Dillards, Bi-Mart and retail stores that sell housewares from July 2004 through July 2005 for about $32. The replacement carafe was sold separately for about $8.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled carafes immediately and contact West Bend Housewares to receive a replacement carafe free of charge.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact West Bend Housewares at (800) 874-4084 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

Picture of Recalled Coffeemaker Carafes

Picture of Recalled Coffeemaker Carafes