According to an announcement by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing System can get a build-up of steam in the water reservoir, forcing the brewing chamber open and spewing hot coffee grounds and water.
A total of 520,000 units in the United States and 80,700 units in Canada are included in the recall.
The recalled coffeemaker comes in black with silver, red or white trim. It stands about 11 inches tall and has a Brew Now/Off button and a removable drip tray. The water tank is located on top of the unit towards the back. The model number is printed on the bottom of the brewer.
The units were sold by mass merchandisers nationwide, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Brandsmart, JC Penney, Kmart, Lowe's, Target and Walmart, and online at www.mrcoffee.com from September 2010 through August 2012 for between $60 and $80.
Contact the manufacturer (Sunbeam Products, dba JCS) at 800-993-8609 to receive instructions on how to get a free replacement unit.