Product Liability – Keurig Recalls Coffee Makers

Product Liability – Keurig Green Mountain has announced a recall of more than 6 million of their Mini Plus Brewing System units because of the potential for burns.  According to a news report, there have been 90 reports of burn-related injuries from use of the coffee makers.  The particular makers involved in the recall are stamped with the model number K10 and were made between December 2009 and July of 2014.  Apparently, the risk of being burned is increased when two cups of coffee are brewed one right after the other.  The retailers who sold the makers include Kmart, Kohl’s, Target, Target and Keurig Green Mountain.  A free repair kit is available from Keurig.

California Law Regarding Defective Products

Under the law of this State, a manufacturer of a dangerous product may be held liable for injuries caused by a product defect under a number of legal theories.  Most commonly, a company that places an unsafe product on the market without any warning of known or knowable defects may be held strictly liable for any harm or injury caused.  Even when a product is misused, in a foreseeable way, a manufacturer may be held liable for failing to warn consumers of the potential for injury.

When You Have Been a Victim

As a consumer who is injured by a product, one of the most important things to keep in mind is to maintain the evidence of the allegedly defective product.  For example, after getting any necessary medical care and treatment, the involved product should be maintained in the same condition it was in at the time of the injury.  Taking pictures of the product will help, but making sure the item is not destroyed or compromised is very important.  If you believe you or a family member has been injured by a defective product, contacting an experienced products liability attorney is perhaps the best way to find out about your rights.


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