Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
|Release # 94-128
Safety Commission Urges Consumers to
Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission (CPSC) and Melitta North American of Cherry Hill, N.J., urge coffeemaker
owners to check whether they own a Melitta Aroma Brew Automatic Drip coffeemaker model
ACM-10S. About 175,000 of these coffeemakers sold before Feb. 1, 1994, have hinges on the
plastic filter holders that may have been damaged in transit or in use. Damaged hinges can
cause the coffeemaker filter holder to unexpectedly swing open during brewing, spilling
hot water or coffee on people nearby.
CPSC first learned of this problem from a complaint and coffeemaker sent by Ralph Nader.
Subsequently, the commission learned that at least three people have been burned from
spilled liquid. Melitta and CPSC worked in close cooperation to evaluate these incidents
and identify appropriate remedies.
The coffeemakers, available for between $30 and $35, were sold nationwide in retail stores
from April 1993 through January 1994.
The coffeemakers involved are white, black, teal, or plum with the word
"Melitta" printed on the filter holder and "MODEL ACM-10S" engraved on
the bottom of the coffeemaker.
Melitta reports that some Aroma Brew's filter holder hinges may have been damaged in
transit or by a consumer improperly opening the filter holder when cleaning or disposing
of coffeegrounds. Consumers are asked to immediately stop using these coffeemakers and
call Melitta at 1-800-451-1694. Melitta will send a free filter holder replacement kit and
installation instructions. The new filter holder contains a stronger hinge pin to keep the
filter securely in place during brewing.
All Melitta coffeemakers sold after February 1, 1994, which have redesigned filter cone
hinge pins, are not involved in the replacement program.
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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
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