Haier America Blenders Recalled for Laceration HazardDec 3, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
About 53,800 blenders imported by Haier America Trading, L.L.C., of New York, New York and manufactured by Ka Po International Industrial Company of Hong Kong, have been recalled for laceration hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
The blenders’ blade assemblies may come apart or break, posing a laceration risk. To date, Haier America has received approximately 60 reports of blade assemblies coming apart or breaking. One consumer reported receiving a minor cut to his hand.
This recall involves commercial-style, 500-watt blenders with model number HB500BSS. The units are stainless steel and black plastic. “Haier” is printed on the front of the blenders, below the power switch; the model number is printed on a label on the bottom of the blenders. The recalled Haier America Blenders were sold at mass merchandisers and specialty retailers nationwide from November 2006 through October 2009 for between $26 and $60.
Of note, the recalled Haier America Blenders were manufactured in China and are just one of many recalls and issues on which we have written concerning defective products, food, and medicines imported into this country from China. Such defective imports have been making headlines in recent years; the recalled Haier America Blender recall is just another one of many such issues. In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the U.S. involved imports from China. Products such as dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin have been found to have been made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long put American consumers at significant risk. Also making news is the ongoing and massive Chinese drywall disaster involving imports from that country.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled blenders and contact Haier America to receive a free replacement blade assembly. Haier America can be reached toll-free at (866) 327-6147 anytime, or at its Web site at www.haieramerica.com.