If you're in charge of this year's holiday food prep, you'll want to do a safety check of your food processor before you get started. Cuisinart just announced it's recalling 8 million food processor blades because they can crack, causing pieces to break off in food. Cuisinart says this poses a "laceration hazard" which has already caused 30 injuries. Trust us, it's not something you want to serve with your Christmas dinner.
The recall specifically affects models with a riveted blade, giving you an easy way to tell if your model is under recall. Does your food processor blade have four rivets attaching the blade to its plastic hub? Then it's likely a recalled model.
To be certain, check the model number listed on the bottom of your food processor. Model numbers starting with the following are under recall: CFP-9, CFP-11, DFP-7, DFP-11, DFP-14, DLC-5, DLC-7, DLC-8, DLC-10, DLC-XP, DLC-2007, DLC-2009, DLC-2011, DLC-2014, DLC-3011, DLC-3014, EV-7, EV-10, EV-11, EV-14, KFP-7 and MP-14. However, the following models are in the clear: model numbers starting with FP, model numbers ending in Y, and model number DLC-6.
If you believe your food processor may be affected, stop using it immediately and contact Cuisinart for a replacement blade. (And don't throw your old blade out just yet: Cuisinart will send you a box to safely repackage it.) You can reach the company's customer service department at 1-877-339-2534 Monday through Friday from 7:00AM to 11:00PM EST and Saturday through Sunday from 9:00AM to 5:30PM EST. If you have trouble getting through—Cuisinart's phone lines have been jammed with calls—you can also visit their recall page and fill out the information at the top of the page to register for your replacement blade.
However, if you're cooking for the holidays, this is likely to leave you without a food processor. If you have a blender, using the pulse function may work just as well, but if not you may need to look for a last minute replacement. The Hamilton Beach 70740 8-cup food processor is basic, but at $21 it may be just what you need to save the holidays — and you're likely to find the model, or similar low-price Hamilton Beach models, at your local big box retailer if you've waited to the very last minute.
Cuisinart recall page: https://recall.cuisinart.com/ (with recall form)
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