June 18, 2015 — The government has filed a lawsuit against the maker of a defective coffee pot for waiting years to report a safety defect linked to at least 83 serious burns and lacerations, according to the Wisconsin State Journal.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin (Case No. 15-00371) against Spectrum Brands Inc.
There have been over 1,600 reports of the plastic handle can break, posing a burn and laceration hazard.
In June 2012, the company issued a recall for about 160,000 of the Black & Decker Spacemaker, a coffee pot designed to be mounted under a cabinet. The recall was expanded in August 2013 to include hundreds more coffee pots with the same defect that were sold after the first recall.
The manufacturer received hundreds of reports of broken handles and injuries since early 2009, but waited until April 2012 to report the problem, according to the lawsuit. The CPSC also accuses the company of continuing to sell hundreds of defective coffee pots after the first recall.
The 12-cup coffee pots were sold in white and black and marked with the words “Black & Decker Spacemaker” on the top right-hand corner.
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