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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
September 30, 1994
Release # 94-131

KRUPS Recalls VitaMini Juice Extractor, Model No. 290

Washington, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), KRUPS North America Inc. of Closter, N.J., is recalling the strainer baskets and lids on about 150,000 "VitaMini" vegetable and fruit juice extractors with the model number 290. The strainer baskets on these juice extractors can break while in use, possibly injuring people nearby.

To date, KRUPS has received 14 reports from across the country of shattering or ejecting lids resulting in at least six lacerations.

The juice extractors were sold nationwide for about $40 to $75 each in department and specialty stores from June 1990 to May 1994.

KRUPS began shipping modified "VitaMini" juice extractors to retailers as of June 1, 1994. The modified juice extractors, which are re-designed to prevent the lid from shattering or ejecting, can be identified by the box labeled "NEW! IMPROVED STRAINER AND LID." Strainer baskets on the new units have the letters "ABS" and numerals embossed in the plastic of the basket. Washing the basket in extremely hot water, in a dishwasher, or with harsh detergent can result in the basket being so weakened that it can come apart during use.

Consumers who purchased model number 290 "VitaMini" juice extractors before June 1, 1994, should immediately stop using the juice extractor, discard the strainer basket and lid, and call KRUPS consumer service at 1-800-526-5377 for free delivery of a modified strainer basket and lid.

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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