Schantia Ambrea Beard has filed a lawsuit in Georgia federal court against Keurig Inc., alleging her daughter was severely burned when their Keurig coffee maker sprayed hot water into the air, Law360 reported.
Beard claims that while the Keurig does warn users not to open the machine while it is brewing, there was no warning that water could spray into the air when brewing is finished. When this happened to her coffee maker, it sent scalding hot water all over her kitchen and onto her daughter, identified as I.K.G. in the lawsuit. The incident caused her daughter to suffer severe burns to her face, neck, and chest.
Beard claims that the warnings on the coffee makers are “misleading and inadequate.” She also argued that Keurig has a history of downplaying risks and defects with its machines, based on a 2014 recall the company ordered under pressure from the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Keurig ultimately paid $5.8 million in February 2017 to settle claims that the company dragged its feet after receiving 200 complaints about the coffee makers, including some from consumers who said they suffered second- and third-degree burns from the machines.
According to Beard’s complaint, Keurig was aware its coffee makers had a defect and also knew that the machines were defectively designed or manufactured to eject hot water after brewing was completed. But the company failed to correct the defect or warn consumers of the risks.
Beard is seeking compensatory and punitive damages not only to cover her daughter’s medical expenses, but also to compensate them for their mental anguish and diminished enjoyment of life.