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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
October 15, 1991
Release # 92-005

Mr. Coffee Cone Filter Microwave Coffeemaker Recalled

WASHINGTON, DC--In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Mr. Coffee, inc., of Bedford Heights, OH, is voluntarily recalling the original version of its non-electric model QB1 Microwave Coffeemaker. This original microwave coffeemaker uses a cone-shaped filter. Under certain circumstances, the cone shaped brewer section may separate from the cup and possibly spill very hot coffee onto the user.

The CPSC was informed of this potential hazard by Mr. Coffee, inc. as a result of three consumer complaints and the company's own concerns about the potential for such separation. This separation may occur because of the extended height of the top brewer and its high center of gravity. There have been no additional reported incidents.

Mr. Coffee's original cone filter style microwave coffeemaker was distributed by Mr. Coffee from May 1990 through early June 1991. Approximately 338,850 units were sold for approximately $10 to $13 each. It was replaced in June 1991 by a new, shorter, basket filter style brewer which also avoids the earlier problem of separation and spills.

Consumers are asked to remove and return the metal blade from the bottom of the cone shaped brewer and destroy the cone shaped brewer body. Send the blade to:

Mr. Coffee, inc.
24700 Miles Road
Bedford Heights, OH 44146
Attention: Consumer Service

Mr. Coffee will provide to consumers, free of charge, a new basket filter style brewer basket, a replacement supply of filters, and reimbursement for postage.

This recall does not affect the shorter non-electric basket filter style model QB1 Microwave Coffeemaker which uses a basket type filter or any electric coffeemaker sold by the company.

Consumers with questions may call Mr. Coffee at 1-800-321-0370, in Ohio 1-800-362-7604.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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