September 3, 1997
Release # 97-182
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC,Vesture Corp. Announce Recall of
Microwaveable Beverage Mugs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Vesture Corp. of
Asheboro, N.C., is recalling about 44,000 microwaveable beverage mugs sold under the name
Lava Java. When heated in a microwave, the mug can ignite posing a fire hazard, or the
mug's hard plastic shell can split open allowing hot thermal material to be discharged
from the mug posing a risk of burn injuries to consumers.
Vesture Corp. is aware of 14 reports of mugs catching on fire or discharging thermal
material. Four consumers have reported being burned from the discharge of thermal
material, two of whom sustained second-degree burns. Reported damage from the fires has
been limited to the mugs or the microwave ovens.
The recalled mug, measuring 5.75 inches high with a 5-inch wide bottom and 3.5-inch wide
top, holds a 14-ounce beverage. The mug is made from hard plastic, colored gray, green or
burgundy. The base and top of the mug are black. The words "Lava Java" are
imprinted into the mug's top, side and base. Usage instructions also are imprinted into
the mug's base. "MICROCORETM" is imprinted on the top of the mug's
The mug is packaged in a cardboard box that is labeled in part, "Lava JavaTM
...Microwaveable Heated Mug with MICROCORETM." There is a photograph of the mug on
Retail stores, such as Walmart and Stein Mart, and the Veterans' Canteens in Veterans
Administration Medical Centers nationwide sold the mugs from July 1996 through January
1997 for about $10.
Consumers should stop using the mugs immediately and return them to the store where
purchased for a full refund. Consumers also can call Vesture Corp. at (800) 283-7887
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday to receive a postage-paid return
envelope for the mug and a refund by mail.
Other Lava Java mugs are not included in this recall. These other mugs can be identified
by their curved-shaped handles. The handles of these other mugs do not have the word
"MICROCORETM" imprinted on them.
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,
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