A major household brand name in small appliances, Cuisinart, issued a voluntary recall this week that affects approximately 8 million of the company's food processor units. The recall applies to all units sold between 1996 and 2015 that have the four-rivet blade. Consumers have been warned to stop using the four-rivet blades immediately due to concerns that the product can cause injury.
The company issued the recall after it had received nearly 70 reports of consumers finding broken pieces of the food processor's blade in their food. Shockingly, a little less than half of these reports included individuals discovering the broken pieces of blade in their mouths. These types of blades break down over time and can break apart, leaving small fragments of metal blade in food.
How to Find out If Your Cuisinart Is Part of the Recall
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued the recall in conjunction with Cuisinart in order to recall the blades only. Cuisinart has set up a webpage to describe the problem and help consumers identify whether their food processors are subject to the recall.
Cuisinart notes that the number of reported injuries is relatively small compared to the wide distribution and use of the product over the last 20 years. They initiated the voluntary recall in order to hopefully prevent any future injuries from occurring.
Liability for Injury from a Recalled Product
When a person is injured as a result of a recalled product, the individual will have a claim against the manufacturer for product liability. However, if you are provided with a notice of the recall and fail to have the product repaired or replaced as part of the recall, then liability may not be certain.
For a product like the Cuisinart food processor blade, it may be difficult to assume that a consumer received a notice. While many manufacturers request that consumers register their purchase, most consumers never bother to do so. This makes it difficult for the manufacturer to distribute notices of the recall to every purchaser. Additionally, someone who purchases an item second hand, or a third party that is injured as a result of the defective product, may still be able to assert a claim for injury against the manufacturer.