According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 1.7 million Tassimo single cup coffee brewers and another 4 million Tassimo espresso coffee pads were recalled on Thursday, February 9, 2012, after reports that dozens of consumers were sprayed with hot liquid. Some consumers were severely burned and suffered extensive personal injury. As reported by USA Today Money and Reuters.com, among the more than 160 consumers injured was a 10-year-old girl from Minnesota, who was hospitalized with second-degree burns on her face and neck, and a 2-year-old girl from Canada with second-degree facial burns.
Tassimo has initiated two separate voluntary product recalls, and information regarding these recalls was posted on the consumer watchdog website early Thursday. This voluntary recall effort was likely initiated by Tassimo in an effort to not only protect consumers, but to also shield itself from further exposure to products liability claims. The first recalled 835,000 Tassimo Single-Cup Brewers in the United States and an additional 900,000 in Canada, and was issued by the manufacturer, BSH Home Appliance Corporation, of Irvine, California.
According to the statement on the consumer product safety website: "The plastic disc, or T Disc, that holds the coffee or tea can burst and spray hot liquid and coffee grounds or tea leaves onto consumers using the brewer and onto bystanders, posing a burn hazard,"
The specific items recalled were Tassimo brewers with the Bosch brand name, which have either "BOSCH" or "TASSIMO" printed on the front, with codes of FD8806 through FD9109. Also recalled were Tassimo Professional brewers, with "TASSIMO PROFESSIONAL" on the front and codes of FD8905 through FD9109. The brewers subject to the recall were sold in stores and online from June 2008 through February of this year.
Also according to the consumer protection website, the bursting appliances resulted in 140 reports of consumers sprayed with hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves. Of those, 37 reported suffering second-degree burns, including the 10-year-old girl. The Consumer Protection Agency advised consumers to immediately stop using the affected models and to contact the company to order a free replacement T Disc holder for the brewing mechanism.
As reported by USA Today Money and Reuters.com, the second recall was issued by Kraft Foods Global Inc., of Northfield, Illinois, maker of the Tassimo espresso T Discs, which are pre-packaged ground beans in their own filter. Kraft recalled about 2.1 million packages in the U.S. and another 1.9 million in Canada, saying they can get clogged and spray hot liquid and coffee grounds, posing a burn hazard.
Of the 21 reports of consumers and bystanders injured, four suffered second-degree burns, the consumer website said. 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. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the coffee maker's "T-disc," the plastic container that holds the coffee or tea, can burst while brewing. The recalled product, which is made in the U.S., involves brands including Gevalia, Maxwell House and Nabob. Each has a code ending with 11213 through 12020 and was sold in stores and online from August 2011 through February of this year.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, consumers are advised to stop using the discs immediately and to contact the firm for a refund. If you or a loved one has suffered a personal injury as a result of using any one of these products, please contact an experienced Mississippi products liability lawyer, who can help you and your family receive the compensation you deserve.