2012 February Product Recalls Update

The 2012 February list of product recalls by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada was less than previous months, but one coffee maker stood out the most.

Out of all the 2012 February products that were listed as recalls, it was the announcement of more than 1 million Tassimo Single-Cup Brewers. There were 100 reports of the brewers spraying hot liquid and burning consumers. It is so dangerous, according to the CPSC, about 835,000 brewers in the U.S. and 900,000 in Canada are being recalled.

The Single-Cup Brewers use plastic T Discs that are filled with coffee or tea to brew hot drinks. The product has been recalled after “140 reports of incidents with the brewers spraying hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves onto consumers, including 37 reports of second-degree burns.”

In one incident, a 10-year-old girl was hospitalized in Minnesota with second-degree burns on her face and neck.

Her name is Halee Miller. She was making a cup of coffee with her grandmother using a Tassimo Single-Cup Brewer her mother purchased for the family for Christmas. All of a sudden, there was a funny noise and then an explosion. Halee was burned by coffee grinds that exploded on her face and neck.

“I got the call at work,” said her mother, Susan Miller.

She rushed home.

“I pulled into the driveway and I could hear her screaming,” she said.

Halee was rushed to the hospital, stabilized and then moved to the burn unit, where she underwent surgery and received synthetic skin grafting.

“She only has one little scar on her neck. The doctors did a great job,” her mother said.

The incident happened more than a year ago.

“After it happened, we found tons of blogs about it online,” Miller said. “I don’t see why nothing was pulled off the shelf before now.”

But she said it’s better late than never.

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