The food processors’ blades can crack over time, causing small pieces to break off into food and possibly result in oral lacerations, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Affected blades have four rivets, are silver-colored stainless steel and have a beige plastic center hub. CPSC could not comment on the cause of the blade breakages.
The products were made in China and sold in the U.S. and Canada from July 1996 through December 2015 at department, gourmet and specialty stores for between $100 and $350. This is the largest recall for a kitchen appliance in the history of the CPSC.
“The hazard is a laceration,” said CPSC spokeswoman Karla Crosswhite. “The riveted blade can crack over time and small metal pieces of that blade can break off into the processed food. … You can swallow that. People have broken teeth on it.”
The recall affects Cuisinart food processors with model numbers that begin with the following (located on the bottom of the appliance): CFP-9, CFP-11, DFP-7, DFP-11, DFP-14, DLC-5, DLC-7, DLC-8, DLC-10, DLC-XP, DLC-2007, DLC-2009, DLC-2011, DLC-2014, DLC-3011, DLC-3014, EV-7, EV-10, EV-11, EV-14, KFP-7 and MP-14.
Consumers who purchased food processors with these model numbers should stop using them immediately and contact Cuisinart for a replacement blade.
This recall should serve as a reminder to always play it safe with any sharp, powerful appliance. In recent years, numerous other food processors and blenders have been recalled over blade-related safety issues, including models from Calphalon, Ninja, and Vitamix.