Thursday, August 7, 2008

Atico International USA Recalls Personal Blenders Due to Laceration Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Signature Gourmet(tm) and Crofton(r) Personal Blenders

Units: About 124,000

Importers: Atico International USA Inc., of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (for the Crofton(r) model) and East West Distributing Co., of Deerfield Ill. (for the Signature Gourmet(tm) model)

Hazard: While placing the cup on or off the base of the blender, the blender can be inadvertently turned on, activating the blade. This can pose a serious laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 14 reports of lacerations, including 11 that required medical treatment and stitches.

Description: This recall involves the Signature Gourmet(tm) (item number W14A3691) and the Crofton(r) (model number SB-19) personal blenders. The blenders are white and have 3 components parts - a base containing a power button, a blade assembly, and a blending cup. Signature Gourmet(tm) or Crofton(r) is printed on the front of the base of the unit. "SB-19" or "W14A3691" is located on a label at the bottom of the unit.

Sold at: The Signature Gourmet(tm) blenders were sold at Walgreens stores nationwide from July 2006 through March 2008 for about $16. The Crofton(r) blenders were sold at Aldi stores nationwide from May 2007 through March 2008 for about $13.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled blenders immediately and call Atico International USA for instructions on returning the product for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should call Atico International USA toll-free at (877) 546-4835 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the company's website at www.aticousa.com

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