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Blade breaks on Calphalon blender during Consumer Reports tests; metal fragments could be swallowed

When Consumer Reports tested the Calphalon XL 9-speed 1832449 blender, it found that knife-sharp fragments broke off from the same place on the blade on three different blenders.

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

In the tests, Consumer Reports’ testers crush seven ice cubes 45 times in blenders to simulate long-term use. Of about 50 full-size blenders in the organization’s latest ratings, the Calphalon is the only one to have this problem, Consumer Reports said.

While the testing organization isn’t aware of any injuries caused by a broken blade from this model, it has notified the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Calphalon about its findings. 

For consumers who already own the Calphalon XL 9-speed 1832449, Consumer Reports suggests you stop using it immediately. Contact Calphalon at 800-809-7267 and ask whether you can get a refund.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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