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Nutribullet Explosions Leave Victims Badly Burned

Published on Mar 16, 2017 at 1:19 pm in Product Liability.

Nutribullet blenders are a staple appliance in millions of homes across America.  With over 40 million units sold worldwide, their powerful blades and compact size make it fast and easy to blend smoothies and sauces for healthy meals at home with your family.  But many consumers are learning the hard way the hidden dangers of the device.  Several users are coming forward with claims that they were badly burned after the Nutribullet exploded in their face without any warning.

The issue is most often with the blending of hot temperature food items.  When hot liquids are put into the blender, pressure builds inside the vessel as the blades spin.  The top can blast off the blending base and cause first and second degree burns to the face, hands, and torso of the user.

Many of the injured consumers are now bringing product liability lawsuits against the company.  The original Nutribullet devices are not marked with warnings for users not to blend hot liquids.  And the original user manual includes soup and coffee recipes that are not safe to blend at the desired hot serving temperatures.

The most recent edition of the Nutribullet manual includes this warning to users regarding heated contents: “Do not put hot liquids in any of the blending vessels before blending. Start with cool or room temperature ingredients. Heated ingredients can create internal pressure in a sealed blending vessel, which may erupt on opening and cause thermal injury.”

But many of the victims who have been burned by their Nutribullet claim to have been using room temperature ingredients when their devices exploded.  They describe events in which the blades started spinning faster than usual, followed by the explosion of the machine.

In response to these incidents, Nutribullet has now included this warning to consumers in its user manual: “CAUTION! Friction from the rotating blade can cause ingredients to heat and generate internal pressure in the sealed vessel. Do not continuously operate for more than one minute. If the vessel is warm to touch, allow to cool before carefully opening pointed away from your body.”

There is no planned company recall of the millions of devices being used without warnings all over the country.  Experts say that unless Nutribullet is willing to recall the defective devices, the number of victims can be expected to grow.  Without a proper warning, every owner of a Nutribullet is at risk for experiencing painful and horrific burns.

When the use of any product results in compromised safety of the consumer, manufacturers need to be held responsible.  Manufacturers are required to make certain that every product is properly assembled, properly labeled with safety warnings, and will not harm the people who use it.

If you or someone you love has been injured after using a product that turned out to be defective, Thomas Law Offices is here to help.  Tad Thomas, Louisville, KY product liability lawyer, and his legal team are dedicated to holding negligent manufacturers responsible for the costly injuries they inflict on innocent people. Contact Thomas Law Offices today for a free, zero-obligation consultation of your case.

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