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“Stay Safe! 5 Million Blenders Recalled: Fire and Laceration Hazard

As most of us know, blenders are an essential tool for making smoothies, soups, and sauces. Unfortunately, nearly five million blenders sold at Costco, Target and Walmart have been recalled due to fire and laceration risks. The voluntary recall of the 4.8 million units of blenders was issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) after 25 reports of incidents involving cracked blades, resulting in small pieces of the blade dispersing and coming into contact with food, causing lacerations to fingers and mouths of the consumers. Additionally, there had been eight reported incidents of overheating motors, which resulted in localized property damage and at least one report of a consumer suffering from a mild burn. The blenders that are affected by this recall were sold by Costco, Walmart and Target between July 2018 and April 2020 under various brand names, including SharkNinja, Farberware, Oster, Proctor Silex, and Elite. The recalled models include the SharkNinja Auto-iQ BL480, BL481, BL482 and BL687 both in complete sets and as a single serving cup with blade base; Farberware Blaze Pro models BLP30000, BLP4500S, BLP5000S, BLP6000S and BLP6000SSM; Oster Versa (model BLSTVB-103-000) and Proctor Silex Power Crunch (model 5JE9101V) blenders. Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the recalled blenders and to either contact SharkNinja for a free repair kit, or Farberware and Proctor Silex for a free replacement. The recall of the blenders offers an important reminder of the dangers of defective products and of the potential liabilities and losses caused by defective products. It is important to be mindful of product recalls, regularly check the CPSC website for official recalls, and contact the manufacturer or store if a product has been recalled.