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State Fire Marshal Announces Coffee Maker Recalls

HELENA – Montana Fire Marshal Terry Phillips Wednesday announced the recall of two types of coffee makers due to the risk of fire damage and consumer injury.

Phillips said Krups North America is voluntarily recalling about 218,000 automatic drip coffee makers. An electrical connection in these coffee makers can overheat and ignite the filter basket support, presenting a risk of fire and a burn hazard to consumers.

Krups has received 37 reports of the coffeemakers overheating, including 12 reports of fire and smoke damage to cabinets, countertops and surrounding objects. No injuries have been reported.

The automatic drip coffeemakers were sold under the Krups brand name. The 10-cup coffeemakers have a switch for selecting 1-3 cups or 4-10 cups, and a “Stop N’ Serve” feature. Only models 398 with a black or white exterior and 405 with a simulated wood-grain exterior are included in the recall. The model numbers are on the bottom of the coffeemaker.

Stores nationwide sold the coffeemakers from January, 1996-April, 2000. Consumers should stop using the coffeemakers and contact Krups at 800-810-8687 to receive a free replacement coffeemaker.

About 198,000 electric percolators made by Atico International have also been recalled. If the percolator’s thermostat fails, the plastic housing may overheat and melt, posing a fire hazard.

The recall includes Atico’s Kitchen Gourmet automatic 10-cup percolator and the Prinetti electric 10-cup percolator. The white plastic percolators have gray bases, and the Kitchen Gourmet percolator is decorated with red flowers on the front. The Prinetti percolator is plain white with “Prinetti” on the front.

Stores nationwide sold the percolators January, 1996-January, 2001 for about $10. Consumers should stop using the percolators immediately and call Atico at 800-645-3867 for information on how to receive a refund.

More information -including pictures – of these coffeemakers and other recalled products is available on the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website at www.cpsc.gov.

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