Louisiana consumers should be aware that on Dec. 23, Keurig recalled approximately 6.6 million coffee makers in the United States. According to the company, the beverage brewers can overheat, causing burning liquid to be spilled during the brewing process.
The company stated that it received approximately 200 reports regarding burning liquid spills from the model number K10 Mini Plus Brewing Systems product. Ninety of the 200 reports included burn-related injuries that were suffered by consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission released a statement urging consumers who had purchased one of these brewers, which were sold between 2009 and 2014, to call the company in order to arrange for free repairs.
When a company puts a product out on the market, it is expected that the product has been properly tested to ensure consumer safety. While many companies do their best to provide high-quality products, there are instances where a product may have a manufacturing or design defect. Regardless of what type of defect a product may have, companies that become aware of any issues with their product are responsible for warning the public and recalling the defective product.
If a consumer suffered an injury while using a defective product prior to a recall, they may be eligible to seek compensation for the injury. For example, if someone suffered a burn or a scald when using a product that had no warnings about these potential injuries, the injured person may seek compensation. The damages that a person could seek compensation for could include any medical bills that resulted from the person’s treatment, lost income if the injury was severe enough for the person to miss work and pain and suffering.
Source: NBC News, “Keurig Recalling Nearly 7 Million Coffee Makers“, December 23, 2014