Jarden Agrees to Pay $4.5 Million Civil Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Single Cup Coffeemakers

This case involves defective Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing System BVMC-KG1 series coffeemakers

Jarden Agrees to Pay $4.5 Million Civil Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Single Cup Coffeemakers
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June 10, 2016

Sunbeam Products, Inc., doing business as Jarden Consumer Solutions, has agreed to pay a $4.5 million civil penalty for failing to promptly report a defective product, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced.

The penalty settles charges that the firm knowingly failed to report to CPSC immediately, as required by federal law, that its Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing System BVMC-KG1 series coffeemakers were defective and posed an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death to consumers.

Between 2011 and 2012, CPSC says that the company received numerous complaints from consumers, including at least 32 reports of burn injuries caused by the coffeemaker's brewing chamber opening and spraying hot water and coffee grounds during normal use. The company failed to immediately report this issue to CPSC.

In addition to paying a $4.5 million civil penalty, Jarden Consumer Solutions has agreed to comply with and maintain a compliance program that is designed to ensure conformity with the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). The firm has also agreed to comply and maintain a system of internal controls and procedures.

The company recalled 520,000 of the single-cup Mr. Coffee brewers in question in August 2012. The coffeemakers were sold at mass merchandisers nationwide, including Bed, Bath & Beyond, Brandsmart, JC Penney, Kmart, Lowe's, Target and Walmart and online from September 2010 through August 2012 for between $60 and $80.

Despite agreeing to the penalty, the firm does not admit to any wrongdoing in this case.