Safety Alert Number 0702021

Tap Machine Inc. Recalls Sake Warmers Due to Burn Hazard

Release #07-109
Firm's Hotline: (800) 556-0703
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: Sake Warmers
Units: About 2,000
Distributor: Tap Machine Inc. , of New Rochelle, N.Y. Manufactured in: Taiwan ROC

Hazard: These sake warmers can unexpectedly spray hot sake on consumers during use, posing a risk of serious burns.

Incidents/Injuries: Tap Machine has received one report of a consumer sustaining first and second degree burns when using the sake warmer.

Description: The recalled product is used to warm sake at restaurants, bars or for home use. The counter-sized unit is about 11-inches wide by 11-inches deep by 19-inches high. The unit warms sake to between 115 and 145 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a front-mounted spicket to control the flow of sake and uses an external 18 liter bag in the box reservoir or an external three liter refillable plastic reservoir, both of which contain sake and are placed on top of the unit. The recalled units have model number SM05 followed by serial numbers: 1001 through 3074, which is written on the left side of the units.

Sold at: Tap Machine's Web site, by telephone order, and at various wine and spirit distributors from November 2005 through January 2007 for about $150.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these sake warmers and return them to Tap Machine for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Call Tap Machine Inc. at (800) 556-0703 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at  http://www.sakewarmer.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to:

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07109.html