Samsung has had a bad year, what with the fire-starting Galaxy Note 7 phones and the exploding washing machines. But I’ll give them this: None of their products were accused of cutting the insides of their customers’ mouths.
Sadly, the same cannot be said for Cuisinart, which just yesterday announced the recall of 8 million food processors. The problem was that the riveted blades used in certain models were becoming cracked, which could lead to parts of the blade breaking off and becoming mixed in with the processed food. Unless someone happened to notice the blade pieces (which could be rather small), it could easily find its way into a person’s mouth.
In fact, of the 69 reports received by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, at least 30 of them included reports of individuals receiving cuts to the inside of their mouths or some other injury, such as tooth damage. (The recall notice does not specify if any of the blade pieces were swallowed, potentially causing additional and more serious injury, but the possibility certainly exists.)
Note that this only affects riveted blades in certain models of Cuisinart products. Here’s the list of affected model numbers:
As part of the voluntary recall, Cuisinart is offering to send customers free replacement blades that will (hopefully) work much better. As for the old, defective blades, the company has instructions on how to safely dispose of them on its website.
Find more food preparation safety information in our Food Safety Guide.
Context of Cuisinart Recall
It’s notable that this recall comes only a few short weeks after arguably the biggest food-related holiday of the year, and during a time of year when families and friends are enjoying meals in celebration of the holiday season.
The scary part, however, is how far back the affected models go. According to the recall announcement, the affected models were sold between June 1996 and November 2015. The fact that these defective blades have been available for more than 20 years is a sobering thought.
How many of these appliances have given as Christmas, wedding, or housewarming gifts? How many have been resold at yard sales, rummage sales, or on a site like Ebay or Craig’s List? How many injuries have occurred without knowing that this food processor was at fault?
Of course, it’s good that Cuisinart is correcting the issue now. Nonetheless, there’s still the potential for someone to miss the announcement, or for secondhand items currently sitting on Goodwill or Salvation Army shelves to be missed in the recall.
If you own a Cuisinart, take a minute right now to see if it is one of the affected models listed above. Then, make sure anyone you know who might have one of these is aware of the recall. Share on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media – but also tell grandparents or other individuals who may be less likely to see the notice online.