It may seem like coffee makers are a small and insignificant part of your daily life. You may rarely ever think about the coffee maker until you wake up to make that energy boosting drink in the morning. When using a coffeemaker, you may assume that it is a perfectly safe appliance. This is a misconception since fire hazards could happen with any appliance, including coffee makers.
Overheating of the coffee maker's wiring has been known to cause fires in the past in certain brands of coffee makers. This does not mean that this sort of fire hazard is limited to these brands. This can happen with any coffee maker. According to Total Recall Info, approximately 145,000 Kenmore and Kenmore Elite coffee makers caused fires by the wiring overheating and were thus recalled as of 2008. In 2001, Atico coffeemakers were recalled for overheating and causing the filter basket support to ignite in flames.
In the past some coffee makers have caused fires due to the malfunctioning of the coffee maker's thermostat. This was generally a problem when the switch was off. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, there is a threat of property damage and even injury due to this type of problem. This type of incident specifically happened in 1989 with Rowenta coffee makers, which resulted in the product being recalled.
Deterioration of Insulation Around Wiring
Insulation made of thermoplastic materials may deteriorate and cause electrical currents to be sent out through the metal parts of the coffee maker, causing the possibility of electrical shock or fires. This type of occurrence has happened in the past which resulted in the recalling of the product: Regal Coffee Makers. Though no one was hurt during this particular incident, should this problem occur in the future in other coffee makers there could be serious damage caused by the potential fires.