Jarden To Pay $4.5 Million Civil Penalty

In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Jarden Consumer Solutions has agreed to pay a $4.5 million civil penalty for failing to report defects with its Mr. Coffee Single Cup Brewing System.

According to the CPSC, the penalty settles charges related to a recall of 520,000 single-cup brewers in 2012 that were sold at a number of leading national and regional retail chains from September 2010 through August 2012. The company received at least 32 reports of burn injuries from the coffeemakers’ brewing chamber opening and spraying hot water and coffee grounds toward consumers during normal use.

The brand’s recalled coffeemakers, model BVMC-KG1, were sold for between $60 and $80. The coffeemakers were sold at retailers including Bed Bath & Beyond, Brandsmart, J.C. Penney, Kmart, Lowe’s, Target and Walmart.

In addition to paying the civil penalty, Jarden agreed to comply with and maintain a compliance program that is designed to ensure compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Act. The firm has also agreed to comply and maintain a system of internal controls and procedures, the CPSC said.