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Tassimo Coffee Makers Recalled Over Burn Risk

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WASHINGTON (AP) - Home-brewed coffee lovers, take note: More than a million popular coffee makers are being recalled after dozens of reports of the brewers spraying hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves onto people.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 140 reports of problems with the Tassimo single-cup brewers dousing people, including 37 cases involving second-degree burns.

In one incident, a 10-year-old girl was hospitalized with second-degree burns to her face and neck.

CPSC says the coffee maker's "T-disc," the plastic disc that holds the coffee or tea, can burst while brewing.

About 835,000 coffee makers are on recall in the United States; another 900,000 in Canada.

DETAILS:

SINGLE-CUP BREWERS

DETAILS: Tassimo Single-Cup Brewers manufactured by BSH Home Appliances Corp., of Irvine, Calif.; sold at department, mass merchandise and home improvement stores nationwide, hotels and food service providers, and online from June 2008 through February 2012. The brewers use plastic T Discs that are filled with coffee or tea to brew hot drinks. "BOSCH" and "TASSIMO" are printed on the front of the brewers. "TASSIMO PROFESSIONAL" is printed on the front of the professional model. The Bosch brewers were sold in black, white, anthracite, gray, silver, red, titanium and white/gray colors. The Tassimo Professional brewers were sold in black. The brewers were manufactured in Slovenia and China.

WHY: The plastic disc, or T Disc, that holds the coffee or tea can burst and spray hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves onto consumers using the brewer and bystanders, posing a burn hazard.

INCIDENTS: There have been 140 reports of incidents with the brewers spraying hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves onto consumers, including 37 reports of second-degree burn injuries. One incident involved a 10-year-old girl from Minnesota who received second-degree burns to her face and neck and had to be hospitalized.

HOW MANY: About 835,000 in the United States and an additional 900,000 in Canada.

FOR MORE: Contact Tassimo at 866-918-8763 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST or visit the firm's website at http://www.tassimosafetyrecall.com 

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ESPRESSO T DISCS

DETAILS: Tassimo espresso T Discs manufactured by Kraft Foods Global Inc., of Northfield, Ill.; sold at department, mass merchandise, home improvement and other stores nationwide and online from August 2011 through February 2012. The recall involves Gevalia, Maxwell House and Nabob brand espresso T Discs. The T Discs are plastic discs filled with coffee that are inserted into Tassimo coffee makers to brew single cups of hot espresso drinks. They were sold in packages of eight or 16 espresso T Discs. The T discs were manufactured in the United States.

WHY: The espresso T Discs can become clogged and spray hot liquid and coffee grounds onto consumers and bystanders during or after brewing, posing a burn hazard.

INCIDENTS: There have been 21 reports of incidents of hot liquid and/or coffee grounds spraying onto consumers and bystanders, including four reports of second-degree burn injuries. One injury involved 2-year-old girl from Canada who received second-degree burns to her face.

HOW MANY: About 2.1 million packages in the United States and an additional 1.9 million in Canada.

FOR MORE: Contact Tassimo at 866-918-8763 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. EST and Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. EST or visit the firm's website at http://www.tassimosafetyrecall.com

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