Applica Consumer Products Inc. is being sued in a class action product liability lawsuit claiming its coffeemakers are defective and pose safety risks to consumers.
According to Law360 (subscription required), lead plaintiff Faith Messick claims that the handle on the Spacemaker 12-Cup Programmable Under-The-Cabinet Coffeemaker breaks away from the glass carafe.
The product liability lawsuit states, "after approximately four months of use, plaintiff made a pot of coffee and when she tried to pour it, as a result of the design defect, the handle broke away from the glass carafe, causing the carafe to break and hot coffee to spill all over. Plaintiff tried to repair the carafe herself, but it does not function as represented."
Messick alleges that Applica actively concealed the defect and refused to honor its two-year warranty to fix the problem or provide a full refund to consumers who purchased the coffeemaker. She further alleges that the company violated the Delaware Consumer Fraud Act, unjust enrichment, and breach of implied warranty.