300,000+ Chefmate Blenders Recalled For Laceration Hazard

A large recall of about 304,000 Chefmate® 6-Speed Blenders has just been announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The 304,000 defective Chefmate® 6-Speed Blenders were manufactured in China by Select Brands, of Lenaxa, Kansas; imported by the Target Corporation, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide from September 2007 to February 2011 for about $14.

While in operation, the plastic pitcher can separate from the blade assembly. This defect leaves the blade assembly in the base and exposes the rotating blades, which poses a laceration hazard to consumers. To date, Target and the CPSC have received 11 reports of the blade assembly separating from the pitcher. Seven consumers reported serious lacerations to their fingers and hands.

This recall involves all Chefmate® 6-Speed Blenders, model BL-10; the model number can be found on the bottom of the base. The blender consists of a six-inch tall, white electrical base with five, white speed-selector buttons labeled 1 through 5; one gray button labeled “Pulse/Off”; and the word “Chefmate®” in black letters on the front. A clear plastic pitcher with a handle with U.S. and metric volume measurement markings; a white plastic lid with a removable clear plastic lid stopper; and a white plastic blade assembly, with two angled, stainless steel blades is also part of the defective Chefmate® 6-Speed Blender recall.

The firm is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Chefmate® 6-Speed Blenders and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund. Target Guest Relations can be reached, toll-free, at 1.800.440.0680 between 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Central Time (CT), Monday through Friday, or at their website at www.target.com.

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