Keurig Green Mountain Inc. has agreed to pay a $5.8 million civil penalty to the government following charges that it knowingly failed to report defects in Keurig Mini Plus brewing devices that presented injury risk, according to an announcement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission yesterday.
In December 2014, Keurig recalled approximately 6.6 million Mini Plus brewers, which had been sold online and in stores nationwide between since December 2009. Here’s more from the CPSC announcement:
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 addition to paying a penalty, Keurig has agreed to develop, implement and maintain a compliance program that is designed to ensure that the company complies with the Consumer Product Safety Act.
The CPSC noted that Keurig’s settlement agreement does not constitute an admission of guilt related to the CPSC staff’s charges.