Knife set cuts fingers product recall

On June 14, 2011 the Calphalon Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets have been jointly recalled with Calphalon Corporation, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Health Canada.

This recall involves all 17-piece and 21-piece Contemporary Cutlery Knife Sets with following model and UPC numbers:

  • KNS17C/16853035694
  • KNS21C/16853035717.


The knife sets were manufactured from August of 2007 through May 1, 2011. The recalled cutlery sets do not have model or date code markings on the wooden block although all sets have the "Calphalon" logo stamped in black on the front.

Knife block sets with a three digit number imprinted on the underside are not included in this recall.

What is the danger?

The tips of the slicing knife measuring 20.3 centimeters (8 inches) and/or the bread knife 20.3 centimeters (8 inches) protrude through slots on the bottom row of the wooden block holder, posing a finger laceration hazard.

Calphalon Corporation has received one report of a cut finger injury.

At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these knife sets in Canada.

What should I do?

You should immediately contact Calphalon Corporation to receive a free repair kit for the recalled products.

To order a free repair kit, contact Calphalon any time at 1-800-766-5652. For additional information, contact Calphalon toll-free at 1-800-809-7267 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, or visit the firm's website.

How many were sold and where?

Approximately 235 of the knife sets were sold in Canada and 217,000 were sold in the United States. The recalled products were sold from August 2007 to May 2011 in Canada and the United States.

The cutlery was manufactured in China. The manufacturer is Calphalon Corporation, of Atlanta, Georgia.

Insurance implications

When you manufacture, distribute or retail products then you need to consider product recall insurance. To quickly deal with this type of situation is very important for your business reputation and to help protect the consumer. Take control of your commercial insurance - talk to your agent or broker to find out what options are available to you. You need to keep operations flowing and profits coming in or you will not be in business for long.

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