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The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Black & Decker brand Spacemaker™ coffeemakers

About 584,000 Black & Decker brand Spacemaker™ coffeemakers are being recalled.

Manufactured in China and distributed by Applica Consumer Products Inc., of Miramar, Fla., the brew basket of the coffeemaker can shift out of alignment allowing hot water to overflow, reports U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. This poses a scalding and burn hazard to consumers.

09252a The firm has received 235 reports of hot water overflowing and contacting consumers, including 10 reports of second-degree burns.

The Black & Decker brand Spacemaker™ coffeemaker has an under-cabinet mount, programmable digital clock/timer, removable water reservoir, and either a 12-cup glass carafe or an 8-cup thermal carafe.

Model numbers ODC440, ODC440B, ODC450, and ODC460 are included in the recall. The model number can be located on the back of the coffeemaker.

The coffeemaker was sold at major retailers nationwide, including K-Mart, Kohl’s, Target, Wal-Mart, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and from March 2006 through March 2009 for between $60 and $70.

Consumers should stop using the recalled coffeemaker immediately and contact Applica for a free replacement brew basket, the commission advises.

For additional information, consumers should contact Applica toll-free at 866-668-4442 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at

For more information on recalls, see

Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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I never really understood the point of the under-cabinet coffee makers...they're so big and bulky that they hang down so far making the counter underneath unusable anyway.


Maybe people like under-the-cabinet coffee makers because they think they clutter up the counter less.


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