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Calphalon blender a safety risk, Consumer Reports says

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: July 30, 2013

Consumer Reports is cautioning consumers not to buy or use the Calphalon  XL 9-speed 1832449 blender, because small fragments of its blade assembly can break off and be ingested. 

Here's the news release it issued today:

CALPHALON BLENDER BLADE BREAKS IN CONSUMER REPORTS’ TESTS; METAL PIECE COULD BE ACCIDENTALLY INGESTED 

YONKERS, NY — When Consumer Reports ran its durability tests on the Calphalon XL 9-speed 1832449 blender, it found that knife-sharp fragments broke off from the same place on the blade assembly on three separate units.

Consumer Reports testers have concluded that the broken pieces were small enough to hide in a smoothie, shake, and countless other foods and drinks—and potentially be ingested. As a result, the organization has rated the Calphalon XL 9-speed 1832449 a Don’t Buy: Safety Risk.

Consumer Reports durability tests involve crushing seven ice cubes 45 times to simulate long-term use. Of the roughly 50 full-size blenders in Consumer Reports’ latest Ratings, the Calphalon is the only one to have this problem.

While Consumer Reports is not aware of any injuries caused by a broken blade from this model, the organization notified the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Calphalon with its findings.

For consumers who may already own the Calphalon XL 9-speed 1832449, Consumer Reports suggests you stop using it immediately. Contact Calphalon at 1-800-809-7267 and ask whether it’s willing to give you a refund.

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