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Tassimo single-cup coffee brewers recalled over burn risk

Updated at 11:50 a.m. ET

Home-brewed coffee lovers, take note: More than a million popular coffee makers are being recalled after dozens of reports of the brewers spraying hot liquid, coffee grounds or tea leaves onto people.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been 140 reports of problems with the Tassimo single-cup brewers dousing people, including 37 cases involving second-degree burns.

CPSC says the coffee maker's "T-disc," the plastic disc that holds the coffee or tea, can burst while brewing.  

The agency also announced the recall of 4 million packages of Tassimo espresso T-discs after 21 reports of problems.

In one incident, a 10-year-old girl was hospitalized with second-degree burns to her face and neck.

The girl's mother, Susie Miller of Glenville, Minnesota, said she had received the coffee maker as a Christmas gift from her husband in 2010. A few weeks later, while Miller and her husband were at work and her daughter, Hallie, was at home with her grandmother, the machine started to make "a funny noise," and then exploded in the girl's face.

Hallie was rushed to the hospital and then taken to the burn unit in a Minneapolis intensive-care unit, where she received synthetic skin grafting for her face and neck. The process allowed her to heal up at home while a teacher visited her to help her keep up with schoolwork. After three weeks, Hallie was able to return to school, but even a year later, she still has to protect her face and neck in the sun or extreme cold.

"Hallie was just in the wrong place at the wrong time," said Miller, 37, who works for an investment firm. "Emotionally, it was very hard on her, but we have amazing doctors who can do wonders. I would never, ever want anybody to go through this. I’m just happy to say [the machine is] going to be recalled so nobody else has to go through what we’ve gone through."

After the accident, Miller took to the Internet and said she was shocked to find other stories in the blogosphere about similar incidents with the Tassimo single-cup brewer. But she is thankful that her daughter didn't lose her eyesight, and says that if Hallie "can help somebody else because of the misfortune she had, she's all for that."

Miller added, "I would give anything for it to have been me instead of her on that day."

About 835,000 coffee makers are on recall in the United States; another 900,000 are being recalled in Canada.

To find out wwhether your brewer has been recalled you can check out the Tassimo website for the affected model numbers, and instructions on where to find your model number. A separate page on the website shows which T-discs have been recalled.

The products are made in China and Slovenia. The recall involves Tassimo brewers with the Bosch brand name and Tassimo Professional brewers. “BOSCH” and “TASSIMO” are printed on the front of the brewers. “TASSIMO PROFESSIONAL” is printed on the front of the professional model.

The Bosch-brand brewers were sold in black, white, anthracite, gray, silver, red, titanium and white/gray colors. The Tassimo Professional brewers were only sold in black.

For additional information, visit www.tassimodirect.com/safetyrecall or contact the firm toll-free at (866) 918-8763 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. ET Saturday. 

msnbc.com contributor Marisa Taylor and the Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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