The popular retail chain Teavana issued a recall earlier this month that affects all of their 14oz flip tumblers. These tumblers, an appealing way to infuse and drink tea, are fairly simple devices that are simultaneously very clever in construction. The tea is placed in the cap of the tumbler and then water added to the body. When the tumbler is inverted, the water pours into the chamber with the tea via a series of small holes that allow water to move freely between the two compartments but prevent the tea from leaving the cap. This way, the tea can be steeped for as long as the consumer wishes. When the tea is finished, all the user needs to do is flip the tumbler the other way and the water drains back into the main chamber, leaving the tea in the cap.
Close to 23,600 of these tumblers have been sold throughout the country since October of 2016. According to Teavana, this particular style of tumbler ceased to be sold in February of 2017. The recall details how there is a leak somewhere in the tumbler, possibly along the space where the plastic top is screwed into the tumbler, which is made of stainless steel. According to the recall report, 12 people have experienced issues with the tumbler leaking, with at least one person suffering burns along their stomach and abdomen due to scalding liquid spilling from their Teavana tumbler.
Manufactured in China, these tumblers were imported for Teavana by the company’s parent corporation, Starbucks. They were sold in Teavana stores throughout the country at the price of $40. For those who still have their Teavana flip tumbler, the company is offering a $45 store credit to those who wish to return their faulty devices. Even if your particular tumbler has not shown any signs of malfunctioning, it is worthwhile to consider the possibility that the water meant for your tea will wind up leaking from the vessel, a dangerous situation if you happen to be the type of person who holds your thermos between your legs while driving or riding the bus.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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