Hamilton Beach Recalling Carafes
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Hamilton Beach Division of Scovill, Inc., is recalling about 165,000 four-cup glass carafes that could slip from their handles and break, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Friday.
In addition, the commission said Hamilton Beach has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $35,000 to settle charges that it violated federal requirements for reporting defective products to the commission. The company denied violating the law.
The carafes were sold with Hamilton Beach’s Model 784 four-cup Mini-Drip Coffee and Tea Maker, made between August 1980 and August 1981, the product safety agency said.
The commission said that under certain conditions the carafe could slip out of its metal handle when picked up. If that occurs, it could fall and break, posing a danger of burns or cuts to people using it. The commission said it had received reports of more than 260 incidents in which a carafe of hot liquid separated from its handle, resulting in 140 injuries.
The coffee maker and carafe were sold as a single unit in the United States and Canada and while 403,000 were originally produced, the commission estimated that only 165,000 remain in use.
Costing about $24, the product was sold in the United States under the names Hamilton Beach models 784, 785AL and 779AL; J.C. Penney Model 2290 or as Ambassador Model 62360. In Canada, it sold as Simpson-Sears models 67001 or 67002 and as Phillips models HD5184 or HD5185.
Coffee makers with those model numbers and date codes, 0880, 0980, 1080, 1180, 1280, 0181, 0281, 0381, 0481, 0581, 0681, 0781 and 0881 are being recalled. The date codes should be followed by the letter W or C.
Only the carafe itself is being recalled, not the entire coffee maker.
To obtain a free replacement carafe, consumers should return the carafe via parcel post, to Hamilton Beach Division, Scovill Inc., P.O. Box 2442, Washington, N.C. 27889.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Hamilton Beach by calling 800-334-2785. Residents of North Carolina should call 800-672-5872.
Also, the product safety commission can be reached by calling 800-638-CPSC.