SodaStream, the makers of sparkling water makers, drink mixes and related accessories, issued a recall of 51,000 carbonating bottles on February 21, 2017. The voluntary recall raises concerns that its 1-liter blue dishwasher-safe carbonating bottles could "burst under pressure, posing an injury hazard to the user or bystanders."
The recall specifically affects bottles with blue lids and bases marked with an expiration date of "4/2020" on the warning label. The Consumer Product Safety Commission's recall report states that no injuries have been reported as a result of SodaStream's faulty carbonating bottles.
SodaStream isn't the only company selling DIY fizzy water to the masses. Competitors Sparkling Drink Systems and Keurig offer similar at-home sparkling water and soda makers, but their products don't require costly and difficult-to-dispose-of CO2 cartridges.
Even so, SodaStream has managed to hold customer appeal with partnerships that put SodaStream machines in Samsung fridges -- and even a low-calorie drink collaboration with "Real Housewives of New York" star and Skinnygirl founder, Bethenny Frankel.
SodaStream's recalled 1-liter blue dishwasher-safe carbonating bottles were sold at Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, Walmart, Amazon and SodaStream's online store from February 2016 through January 2017 for roughly $15. The recall instructs customers to stop using any affected carbonating bottles and to contact SodaStream at 1-866-272-9417 for a complete refund.
A SodaStream representative passed along the following recall statement:
The safety of our customers is of the utmost importance to us, prompting us to issue, as a precaution, a voluntary recall for a specific batch of blue-tinted reusable bottles that could potentially break open when used to carbonate water. We have had no failures on these bottles to date but have initiated this voluntary recall as a precaution. This recall affects only a very small minority of the 13 million bottles we produced last year. We are proud of our commitment to outstanding safety and quality. SodaStream has become the most popular way to enjoy healthy sparkling water in an environmentally sustainable way. This recall involves 51,000 bottles sold in the U.S. and 7,600 sold in Canada. For more information on the recall please visit, www.sodastreamusa.com.
Mark Fenton, the MD of SodaStream in Australia reached out to clarify that "the specific SodaStream carbonating bottle being recalled in the United States is not sold in Australia, and subsequently will not impact our Australian customers or our current local offering."
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Updated at 5:10 p.m. PT: to include Australian MD's comments.