Keurig Green Mountain Agrees to Pay $5.8 Million Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Coffee Brewers

In December of 2014, Keurig recalled about 6.6 million MINI Plus coffee brewers related to this issue

Keurig Green Mountain Agrees to Pay $5.8 Million Penalty for Failure to Report Defective Coffee Brewers
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February 23, 2017

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced this week that Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. has agreed to pay a $5.8 million civil penalty to the government.

The penalty settles charges that Keurig knowingly failed to report a defect and unreasonable risk of serious injury to CPSC immediately with Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems, as required by federal law.

According to CPSC—between 2010 and 2014, Keurig received about 200 reports of hot water, coffee, and coffee grounds spraying out of the brewers. In more than 100 of these incidents, consumers suffered burn-related injuries to their faces, hands, and bodies. Some of these injuries were severe and resulted in second and third-degree burns.

In December of 2014, Keurig recalled about 6.6 million MINI Plus coffee brewers related to this issue. The affected brewers were sold at Kmart, Kohl's, Target, Walmart, and other stores nationwide and online at keurig.com, greenmountaincoffee.com, and keurig.ca from December 2009 through December 2014 for about $100.

In addition to paying a penalty, Keurig has agreed to develop, implement, and maintain an internal compliance program that is designed to ensure the company complies with all facets of the Consumer Product Safety Act.

Keurig's settlement of this matter does not constitute an admission of CPSC's charges. The penalty agreement has been accepted provisionally by the Commission by a 4 to 1 vote.