July 4, 2014

5 Recalls in Your Kitchen You Need to Know About

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Kitchens have hazards all their own. You've got flames coming from the stove, knife blades that are easily accessible, and water that often gets too hot to the touch.

To make matters more interesting, your kitchen might even have more potential hazards that have fallen under your radar. Your appliances and cooking tools could have flaws that can cause them to unexpectedly fail. For the safety of home cooks, CreditDonkey.com reviewed hundreds of recalls issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and came up with this list of five recent recalls of kitchen products you ought to know about:

Food Processors

The idea of a food processor that slices and shreds fast without personal harm is a fair one to have. But nine models of Cuisinart food processors were recalled after safety concerns were raised about their slicing blades.

Hazard: The reversible disc that's inserted for slicing and shredding can come loose, allowing the blade to hit and break the plastic cover of the food processor, the CPSC said. These processors were sold nationwide in 2012 and 2013 at retailers including Belk, Best Buy, Dillards, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Sears, Williams-Sonoma and Amazon.com. If you have one of the recalled food processors, stop using it and contact Cuisinart so you can get a new lid and slicing disc.

Refrigerators

When you spend more than $5,000 on a refrigerator, you'd like to think you won't run into any problems. But a line of Viking side-by-side refrigerator freezers with in-door ice and water dispensers sold in 2012 and 2013 have a troubling electrical issue.

Hazard: A problem with electrical connectors in the wiring harness can cause them to overheat, which can lead to fire, the CPSC said. Before issuing its recall, Viking told the CPSC the company had received 27 reports of electrical shorts and four fires. If you have one of these refrigerators, unplug it and call Viking to schedule a free in-home repair.

Blenders

Blenders are great for chopping up ice and fruit to make smoothies and mixed drinks – but only when they work properly.

Hazard: Calphalon recalled its XL 9 Speed Blender after hearing from four consumers whose mixer blades broke. The blenders were sold nationwide for about $130 in 2012 and 2013. To find out if your blender has been recalled, visit Calphalon's recall site. If yours is on the list, Calphalon will replace your mixer blade, and if you send the company the old blade (you can ask for a mailer), you'll get a free panini pan for your troubles.

Tea Kettles

It doesn't have a plug or even any spinning parts with blades. But Chefmate tea kettles sold at Target stores were recalled because they pose some safety issues for consumers.

Hazard: The two-quart kettles made by Wilton Industries have a few problems, according to the CPSC. For one thing, steam can travel up the handle – putting the user at risk of getting burned. Another issue involves water spilling out of the spout. A third involves the whistle failing, potentially causing water to evaporate without anyone realizing it. More than 700,000 of these kettles were sold for about $9 between 2006 and 2013. If you have one, you can return it to Target for a full refund.

Microwave Crisper Pan

Microwaves are convenient, but they come with an unfortunate downside: the food cooked in them doesn't get crispy. That, of course, led to the invention of the microwave crisper pan. But in this particular case, the first pass of a crisper pan was too good to be true. A simple metal washer led to the recall of the Microwave Crisper Pan with Lid sold in June and July 2013. This crisper pan, made by LTD Commodities LLC, was sold by ABC Distributing and The Lakeside Collection catalog for about $10.

Hazard: The crisper pan’s metal washer secures the knob to the lid and can spark when in the microwave, potentially causing a fire. The company issued the recall after receiving 16 reports about the pans including sparks, flames, and shattered or exploding glass lids. If you have one of the pans, contact LTD to get a free repair.

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