Burn and Cut Hazard Prompts Black & Decker Coffeemaker Recall

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The risk of a burn hazard has prompted the recall of a kitchen item.

The recall was announced by the Miramar, Florida-based Applica Consumer Products, and concerns a product called the Black & Decker Spacemaker 12-Cup Programmable Under-the-Cabinet Coffeemaker.  The items, which were manufactured in China, are different from typical coffeemakers in that they clip to the bottom of a standard cabinet.  Four different model numbers are affected by the recall.  The items are black or white and have a digital clock.

The recall was initiated because it was discovered that the handle of the coffee pot portion of the item is in danger of breaking.  This could lead the user to be cut or to get burned by the hot coffee.  An astonishing 1,276 complaints have come to the attention of the company, and of those, 68 people were burned or cut.

A total of around 159,000 coffeemakers are subject to the recall.  The items were available at a variety of retail outlets across the country between July 2008 and last month.  They cost between $50 and $80.  Anyone who has this item in their possession is being advised to get in touch with Applica in order to receive a free replacement coffee pot.