updated 10/17/2006 2:35:13 PM ET 2006-10-17T18:35:13

Starbucks Corp.  has voluntarily recalled about 73,000 stainless steel eight-cup coffee brewers sold at its coffee shops due to defective electrical wiring that could pose a fire hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.

The defective wiring can result in overheating, smoking, burning and melting, the commission said, adding that no injuries have been reported.

A company representative was not immediately available for comment.

Starbucks has received 23 reports of melting in the plastic housing of the Starbucks Barista Aroma 8-Cup Coffee Brewers, the commission said.

The brewers, which were made in China and sold at Starbucks stores between March 2005 and September 2006, cost about $100.

The commission, in cooperation with the world’s largest coffee-shop chain, said consumers should stop using the brewers immediately and contact Starbucks for a full refund.

The Seattle-based company is offering a coupon for a free pound of coffee as an incentive to return the recalled machine.

Regarding any financial impact on Starbucks, “I’m guessing this is a drop in the bucket,” said Sasha Kostadinov, a fund manager and research analyst for Shaker Investments in Cleveland. “It’s a one-time event and not going to affect the company long term.”

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