Every smoothie lover knows NutriBullet blender is a smoothie boss. Its quick-spinning blade aids making smoothies a walk in the park. But recently, it’s been in the news for bad reasons.
NutriBullet Blender is now an explosive device. At least 22 NutriBullet owners across the US have been left with severe burns and deep lacerations after the blender exploded in their hands. The victims claim the NutriBullet’s quick-spinning blades cause the contents to heat up and pressure to build until the container burst. Some of them have suffered second and third-degee burns on their hands, chest and face.
One of the victims, actress Kourtni Beebe, 28, told Daily Mail Online she has undergone six surgeries to reconstruct fingers on both hands in the past two years, leaving her with permanent nerve damage after they were forced into the powerful blades while she tried to make slushies at her friend’s apartment.
“I had both of my hands on top and when I pressed down the cup immediately blew off to the side,” Kourtni said.
And though NutriBullet’s manual warns not to keep the blade spinning for more than one minute, the customers in the lawsuit claim that the machine was in use for just 15 to 20 seconds before it exploded
Kourtni said as soon as she turned it on, the container flew off, the blades continued to spin at about 25,000 rotations per minute, severely slashing through her thumb on her left hand and pinky and wrist on her right.
“There was blood all over the ceiling and walls. It looked like a crime scene,” she said.
But the company is pushing back on the claims and citing improper use by the costumers. In a statement, NutriBullet said: “Reports of our blenders causing injury are extremely rare. We typically find customers have failed to adhere to the operating instructions and warnings provided.”
Mark Suzomoto, a corporate attorney for NutriBullet, told Fox 11 that the blender can heat up due to friction, but said it is “physically impossible” for it to heat enough to burst after just 15 to 20 seconds of use.
Another victim, Rosa Rivera, mother of Latina superstar – Jenni Rivera, said her NutriBullet 600 Deluxe exploded in her hands last week, causing second and third-degree burns to her head, face and neck.
Doug Rochen of Acts Law firm in California is representing the 22 victims around the US that have filed lawsuits against NutriBullet. Each lawsuit will be tried individually and the first trial is set for February 2018 in Los Angeles Federal Court.