The Consumer Products Safety Commission has ordered almost one million General Electric 12-cup digital coffee makers pulled from the shelves. Walmart has received 83 reports of overheating, smoking, melting, burning and fire, including three reports of minor burn injuries to consumer’s hands, feet and torso. Reports of property damage include a significant kitchen fire and damage to countertops, cabinets and a wall.
The Immediate Release issued on May 20, 2010 by the CPSC for this recall includes 900,000 of both white and black machines. The General Electric 12-cup coffee makers were sold in Walmart stores nationwide from March 2008 through January 2010 for about $30.
The digital coffee maker has programmable functions and plastic housing. The GE logo is printed on the base of the coffee maker and the model number is printed on the bottom of the base. Model numbers included in the recall are Black coffee maker #169164, and the GE white coffee maker has #169165 on the base. See photos included here.
The CPSC says consumers should immediately stop using the recalled coffee makers and return the product to any Walmart for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Walmart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through
Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.walmart.com
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 925-6278
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908