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West Bend to Pay Civil Penalty for Hazardous Coffeemaker Carafes
May 10, 2006
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced electric housewares maker West Bend Housewares LLC will pay a U.S. $100,000 civil penalty to settle allegations that the company failed to report a hazard with its 10-Cup Coffeemaker Carafes and Replacement Carafes.

Under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), manufacturers, distributors and retailers must immediately report product defects to the Commission. CPSC alleged that West Bend Housewares failed to report in a timely manner that handles on the carafes could break, presenting a burn hazard from hot coffee or possible lacerations from broken glass.

West Bend Housewares received 169 reports of handles breaking on the carafes between October 2004 and July 2005, resulting in at least two reports of burn and cut injuries.

In August 2005, West Bend Housewares recalled about 14,000 of the carafes sold from July 2004 through July 2005 with 10-cup Automatic Coffeemakers and as replacements for the coffeemakers.

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