Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
|Release # 94-096
750,000 1984 to 1988 Black & Decker
and G.E. Under-The-Cabinet Coffeemakers Recalled
PRODUCT: Approximately 750,000 SDC 1, 2, and 3
Black & Decker and General Electric Under-the-Cabinet automatic drip coffeemakers made
between February 1984 and May 1988. Models with date codes of "406" through
"822" are being recalled. The date code is a three-digit number on the outside
of the plug prong. No other coffeemaker models or other Black & Decker or General
Electric products are involved in this recall.
PROBLEM: About 750,000 of four million coffeemakers sold contain thermostats that could
present a possible fire hazard.
WHAT TO DO: Consumers owning the specific coffeemakers should bring them to their local
Black & Decker Service Centers for inspection. Products with affected thermostats will
be repaired free of charge or consumers may purchase a new coffeemaker at 70 percent off.
Coffeemakers that do not contain the affected thermostats will be returned to consumers.
All consumers participating in this program at Black & Decker-owned Service Centers
will be able to purchase other Black & Decker products at a 20 percent discount while
having the coffeemakers inspected. Consumers can call (800) 826-1070 for the location of
the nearest service center.
WASHINGTON, DC -- Black & Decker Household Products Group, in cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, announces a voluntary recall of certain
Under-the-Cabinet coffeemakers made between 1984 and 1988. Black & Decker is
initiating this program because about 750,000 of four million Under-the-Cabinet
coffeemakers may contain a thermostat that could present a possible fire hazard.
In accordance with its product safety process, Black & Decker examined
Under-the-Cabinet coffeemakers returned by consumers. Approximately 75 showed signs of
About 45 consumers have reported property damage claims with respect to the
Under-the-Cabinet coffeemakers. Property damage allegations range from impairment of the
product to varying degrees of residential fire damage. Two consumers claim that they were
subject to smoke inhalation. Black & Decker denies claims of any harm beyond damage to
the Under-the-Cabinet coffeemaker itself, but is taking this action as a precautionary
measure to prevent the possibility of property damage or personal injury.
The SDC 1, 2, and 3 Under-the-Cabinet coffeemakers, produced between February 1984 and May
1988, carry either the Black & Decker or General Electric brand name. Black &
Decker purchased the assets of GE Housewares division in 1984 and thereafter produced
coffeemakers using the GE brand name from 1984 through 1986. These coffeemakers were
originally sold nationwide for between $45 and $72. Black & Decker produced
approximately four million Under-the-Cabinet coffeemakers during this time period, of
which about 750,000 contained the affected thermostat.
Models with date codes of "406" through "822" are being recalled. The
date code is a three-digit number on the outside of the plug prong, ("652" date
code, for example, falls within the affected range; "901" is outside the range).
NO other coffeemaker models or other Black & Decker or General Electric products are
involved in this recall program.
Individual consumers owning these specific Under-the-Cabinet coffeemaker models should
bring them to their local Black & Decker Service Centers for inspection. For those
coffeemakers found to have thermostats described above, Black & Decker Household
Products Group is offering the consumer two options -- replacement of the affected
thermostat and related components by a service center technician at no cost to the
consumer, or purchase of a new Black & Decker coffeemaker at 70 percent off.
Coffeemakers found not to contain the affected thermostat will be returned to consumers.
Consumers participating in this recall program at Black & Decker-owned Service Centers
also will be able to purchase other Black & Decker products at a 20 percent discount,
not to be combined with any other offers, while having the coffeemaker inspected.
Consumers can call (800) 826-1070 for the location of the nearest service center.
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
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