One-cup Senseo coffeemakers recalled for posing burn hazard

Consumer Reports News: April 16, 2009 01:11 PM

Philips has recalled 155,000 Senseo one-cup coffeemakers because an electrical fault and the build-up of calcium from hard or medium water can cause an obstruction in the coffeemaker. If this occurs, the boiler can burst, posing a burn hazard to consumers. Although there have been no incidents reported in the U.S., Philips has received 17 reports of incidents in Europe, including six reports of minor personal injury involving first degree burns to the hands, arms and abdomen.

The recall includes Senseo one-cup coffeemakers made in China and Poland with model numbers HD 7810, HD 7811, HD 7815, HD 7820, HD 7832 and HD 7890. The model numbers are located on the bottom of the coffeemaker. Date codes are printed on the bottom of the coffeemaker. Coffeemakers made in China have date codes 0727 through 0847; coffeemakers made in Poland have date codes 0627 through 0847. There were sold at Walmart, Target and Safeway stores nationwide and online at between July 2006 through March 2009 for between $60 and $140.

The coffeemaker was included in our most recent Ratings (for subscribers) of pod coffeemakers.

Consumers should stop using the coffeemakers and contact Philips for instructions on receiving a free replacement unit. Call (866) 604-0051 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, or visit the firm’s Web site.

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