Have a Keurig? Dozens of burns prompt a recall of 6.6M units


If you're jonesing for a cup of joe, check your coffee maker first – Keurig is recalling about 6.6 million units after dozens of people reported burn-related injuries while using their single-serve machine.

The recall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission says, is for the Keurig MINI Plus Brewing System (seen at left). About 6.6 million were sold in the U.S. at an array of popular retail stores – including Target, Wal-Mart and Kohl's – from December 2009 through December of 2014.

They were also sold online and at a number of other stores. (Another 564,000 were sold in Canada.)

They're being recalled because Keurig has received about 200 reports of "hot liquid escaping from the brewer." Included in that were 90 reports of "burn-related injuries."

The affected units are single-serve, about 11 inches tall, have three brew size options and a removable drip tray. They can be identified by their serial number. You can see the list at right.

Anyone with a recalled coffee maker should contact Keurig for a free repair.

While waiting for the fix, consumers can also ask the company about steps to avoid a burn injury.

Keurig coffee makers have boomed over the past few years.

Earlier this year, NASDAQ said Keurig had a market value of about $20 billion. The company estimates about 20 million households use a Keurig brewer, BusinessWeek reported last month.

The brewer can make coffee one cup at a time using small, plastic containers that are inserted into the machine, called K-Cups.

In 2013, the Wall Street Journal wrote about the "unstoppable rise" of the K-Cup. Keurig used to have a patent on the cup system, but it expired in 2012, meaning other companies can now copy the technology.

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