The IKEA espresso machine can cause “burns” and “hearing damage”


If you can’t imagine starting your day without a cup of coffee, you’re not alone. According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), 66% of Americans say they drink coffee every day. And while you can venture to the nearest Starbucks or Dunkin for a drink, most people are brewing their coffee at home these days, according to the NCA. If you consider yourself your own home barista, you’ll want to be aware of a major new safety issue with a popular appliance. An espresso machine has just been recalled after several reports of serious injuries. Read on to find out which machines, according to machine makers, can cause burns and hearing damage.

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Coffee lovers have already had to deal with a number of worries this year.

Last June, Starbucks customers were forced to forgo ordering a new breakfast sandwich with their coffee after the chain issued a voluntary stop-sale order for its butter chicken sandwich. maple and egg. According The Wall Street JournalStarbucks said the seasonal item – which had only been released a week earlier – did not meet company standards and employees were instructed to throw away the sandwiches.

Then last month, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Lyons Magnus LLC had issued a major recall for 53 of its coffee drinks, non-dairy milks and protein shakes. The agency said the recall was issued after it was discovered that the products could be contaminated with the bacteria. Cronobacter sakazakii.

Now officials are alerting Americans to a new recall that is hitting closer to home.

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On August 25, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an alert notifying Americans of a new recall involving a popular coffee appliance. According to the warning, IKEA has just issued a recall for its Metallisk espresso machine. The Swedish retailer recalled about 2,100 units of the espresso machine in the United States, in addition to about 5,200 sold in Canada and 200 sold in Mexico.

On its website, IKEA said the problem relates to the updated version of its 0.4 liter Metallisk espresso machine, which comes in silver or gray color and has a stainless steel safety valve. “The label engraved on the bottom of the product includes the IKEA logo, other product information and a date stamp in the format (YYWW), where the first two digits represent the year and the last two digits represent the week of manufacture The recalled espresso machines bear a date stamp between 2040 and 2204,” the CPSC said.

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According to the alert, the espresso machines have been recalled due to the risk of burns and injuries. “IKEA has received reports of the espresso machine bursting during use, due to a change in material and construction, with a risk of injury as a result,” the retailer explained on its website. .

The CPSC said the espresso machines’ updated stainless steel safety valve can burst, and if so, it has the potential to expel hot contents. So far, there have been 16 reports worldwide of espresso machine bursts. According to officials, these include “four reports of burns, scalds and hearing damage”. However, no injuries have yet been reported in the United States.

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The recalled espresso machines were sold in IKEA stores nationwide and on the retailer’s online website from September 2020 to January 2022 for around $20, according to the alert. If you own one of these devices, the CPSC said you “should immediately stop using it.” All units of the recalled IKEA Metallisk espresso machines with the stainless steel safety valve bearing the date stamps 2040 to 2204 “can be returned for a full refund at any IKEA store or by mail using a prepaid label”, officials added.

“The product has been withdrawn from sale and we are now issuing a recall. Customers are asked to return it to an IKEA store for a full refund. Proof of purchase (receipt) is not required,” said the retailer on its website. “We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”

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