If your Black & Decker Spacemaker coffeemaker handle broke off, you're not alone and it's not your fault. The manufacturer, Applica Consumer Products Inc. on Friday recalled 159,000 of its Black & Decker 12-Cup Programmable Under-the-Cabinet Coffeemakers
after receiving 1,276 reports of the handles breaking, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.
At least 68 of those who filed reports said they had suffered cuts or burns. It is unusual for company to wait for that many reports of problems with a product to announce a recall.
The recalled coffeemakers are made to mount under cabinets. They come in either black or white and have 12-cup glass pots with a handle of the same color.
The coffeemakers, which were made in China, were sold nationwide between July 2008 and last month for $50-$80. The following model numbers (which can be found on the underside of the machines) are included: SDC740, SDC740B, SDC740BR, SDC740C, SDC740DIS, SDC740R, SDC750, SDC750C and SDC750DIS.
If you have one of the recalled coffeemakers, you are asked to stop using it and contact Applica to get a free coffee pot in exchange for the old one.
You can reach Applica Consumer Products (866) 708-7846 weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time or go to www.acprecall.com.
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