Coffeemaker recalled after reports of scaldings


More than a 500,000 Black & Decker Spacemaker coffeemakers are being recalled after 235 consumers reported steaming hot water flowing out of the machines when the brew basket shifts out of place, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported. At least 10 suffered second-degree burns.

Those who have the machines are urged to stop using them until they receive a replacement basket.

The recall is being conducted by Applica Inc., which makes most of the household items sold under the Black & Decker name. The coffeemakers were made in China and sold at major retailers including Target, Wal-Mart and between March 2006 and March 2009 for $60-$70.

The recalled coffeemaker is designed to be mounted under cabinets and has a programmable digital clock and timer, and either a 12-cup glass carafe or eight-cup thermal carafe. The following models numbers (the number is on the back of the machine) are subject to the recall: ODC440, ODC440B, ODC450 and ODC460.

To contact Applica, call (866) 668-4442 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern Time weekdays or go to the company's recall Web site.

The CPSC asks anyone who has had an incident with one of the machines to report it on the commission's site.

This is the fifth coffeemaker to be recalled by the CPSC in the past year, including 500,000 units sold at Walgreen's that started about two dozen fires reported to the company prior to the recall in April.