CPSC Announces Two Recalls of Coffee Appliances Because of Fire Risk

Washington, D.C.-Krups North America and Atico International USA, Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), are each voluntarily recalling some of their coffee-making products.

Krups is recalling about 218,000 automatic drip coffeemakers because an electrical connection in these coffeemakers can overheat and ignite the filter basket support. Krups has received 37 reports of the coffeemakers’ overheating, including 12 reports of fire and smoke damage to cabinets, countertops, and surrounding objects. No injuries have been reported.

The automatic 10-cup drip coffeemakers were sold under the Krups brand name. They have a switch for selecting 1-3 cups or 4- 10 cups and a “Stop N’ Serve” feature. Only models 398 (black or white exterior) and 405 (a simulated wood-grain exterior) are included in this recall. The model numbers are on the bottom of the coffeemaker. The units were sold through department, appliance, and specialty stores nationwide from January 1996 through April 2000 for about $95.

Consumers should unplug and stop using the coffeemakers immediately and contact Krups North America at (800) 810-8687 anytime to receive a free replacement.

Atico International is recalling about 198,000 electric percolators. If the thermostat fails, the plastic housing of the percolator can overheat and melt while in use, posing a fire hazard. Atico has received six reports of fires that resulted from the percolators’ overheating, resulting in minor property damage to kitchen counters and cabinets. There have been two reports of minor burns to the hand.

The recall includes Atico’s Kitchen Gourmet automatic and Prinetti electric 10-cup percolators. The white plastic percolators have gray bases. Drug and discount stores nationwide sold these percolators from January 1996 through January 2001 for about $10.

Consumers should stop using these percolators immediately and call Atico International at (800) 645-3867 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday for information on how to receive a refund.

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