|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 19, 2005
|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 www.westbend.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.
Federal law prohibits any person from selling products subject to a Commission ordered recall or a voluntary recall undertaken in consultation with the CPSC.