Glass water bottles sold at the popular Starbucks coffeehouse chain are being recalled because the bottles and/or the stoppers on the bottles can shatter when the consumer is removing or inserting the stopper, posing a laceration hazard to those holding the bottle. The recall was announced today by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada.
The recall involves about 11,000 glass bottles in the United States and an additional 1,200 glass bottles in Canada. The bottles were manufactured in Taiwan and were distributed by Starbucks Coffee Company of Seattle, Wash. They sold for about $9 each at Starbucks company-operated stores as well as Starbucks locations in Safeway and Target stores nationwide during the month of January 2010.
To date, Starbucks has received 10 reports of either the bottles or the stoppers, which are also made of glass, shattering. Eight of those reports involved hand lacerations. Consumers should immediately stop using the glass water bottles and return them to the Starbucks location where they were purchased. Starbucks will give customers who return the bottles a full refund as well as a complimentary beverage of any size.
For more information, contact Starbucks at (877) 492-6333 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit Starbuck’s Web site at www.Starbucks.com.