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Consumer Alert: CPSC and Mueller Austria Warn Consumers to Stop Using Select Versions of Onion Chopper Pro to Avoid Injury

Release Date: May 28, 2020
  • Mueller Austria Onion Chopper Pro model #M-700
    Mueller Austria Onion Chopper Pro model #M-700
  • Locking tabs must be pushed towards the blades in order to lock into place
    Locking tabs must be pushed towards the blades in order to lock into place
  • Locking tabs must be pushed towards the blades in order to lock into place
    Locking tabs must be pushed towards the blades in order to lock into place

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Mueller Austria are urging consumers to immediately stop using select versions of Mueller Austria’s Onion Chopper Pro (model #M-700).  The versions in question feature a locking tab that must be pushed towards the blades in order to properly lock into place.  

The product’s locking tab can detach from the rest of the unit during use, causing hands and fingers to slide into the blades. Approximately 72,000 affected units were sold to consumers on Mueller Austria’s website www.muellerdirect.com and Amazon.com between September 2016 and December 2019 for about $20. 

Mueller Austria introduced a new chopper in December 2019 with a different locking tab configuration. This notice only applies to the older versions of the onion chopper that features a locking tab which slides toward the blades.

Mueller Austria, of Oakland, Calif., is currently in the process of negotiating a joint recall with CPSC. The firm wants to take action in order to protect consumers and provide a remedy.  However, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has created a number of unforeseeable circumstances for Mueller Austria, and it remains uncertain when a remedy will become possible.

Consumers in possession of the affected products are strongly encouraged to cease all use of the products for their own safety.  Consumers are advised to check for a future announcement of this recall at www.cpsc.gov.  

Release Number
20-129

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