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Table Of Contents
- Why Do NutriBullet Blenders Explode?
- NutriBullet Class Action Lawsuit Filed in South Carolina
- California Class Action Lawsuit
- What Does the Class Action Say About Warranties?
- NutriBullet Overheating Blenders $10 Million Class Action Settlement
- Nevada Mom Alleges NutriBullet Explosion Caused Severe Hand Injuries
- What are NutriBullet Lawsuits Alleging?
- Get a Free Lawsuit Evaluation With Our Law Firm
Why Do NutriBullet Blenders Explode?
The De’ Longhi Group bills it as a powerful blender that can blend hot liquids better than competing models because of it high-speed motors; however, at least 22 people have filed suit against the makers of NutriBullet, alleging the device caused burns, and lacerations, nerve damage, and other serious injuries.
The device consists of a closed canister with spinning blades that spin at tens of thousands of revolutions per minute (RPMs). This creates friction and extreme heat, which causes an unstable environment in which the contents of the NutriBullet blender can erupt, according to the suits.
The most recent NutriBullet claim was filed by Rosa Rivera, mother of late singer Jenni Rivera, who claims was making chili with room temperature ingredients when her NutriBullet combusted.
I want to tell the people don’t use this product no more because it’s dangerous, Rivera said.
Rivera alleges that NutriBullet was defectively designed, causing canister pressure build-up, and leading to dangerous NutriBullet explosions of its contents. Rivera is demanding that all NutriBullet products be recalled and that future models include a warning regarding their potential risks.
In a statement contesting the plaintiffs’ claims, the company said: “Reports of our blenders causing severe burns are extremely rare… We typically find NutriBullet customers were not following instructions when they blend hot liquids.”
NutriBullet Class Action Lawsuit Filed in South Carolina
In July 2018, a South Carolina woman filed a NutriBullet class action lawsuit after she was badly burned by her NutriBullet 900 Series.
The woman claims that roughly two years after she received her NutriBullet 900 Series as a gift, she was blending water walnuts, sea moss, and cinnamon for more than one minute when she noticed “something was strange with the seals on the blender” before it suddenly exploded.
The damage was not pretty, the suit says, and the plaintiff had to be treated for burns:
The explosion sent the mixed, and hot or warm liquids flying. They sprayed onto her cabinets, walls, and ceiling.
The hot mixture spewed onto [the plaintiff], damaging her clothing. But, more importantly, it got on her arms and chest causing her skin serious burn injuries and requiring her to seek medical treatment at Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc. and Health First in Charleston, South Carolina.
According to the lawsuit, the incident caused the plaintiff to suffer second-degree burns on her chest and first-degree burns on her arms, forcing the woman to miss work and pay nearly $6,000 in medical expenses to date.
California Class Action Lawsuit
Other NutriBullet cases have been filed in California Circuit Court, alleging that the NutriBullet blender contains a design defect that can cause the devices to explode without warning .
The 64-page complaint further alleges that NutriBullet blades can heat the contents inside the canister to a temperature that can cause the device to explode unexpectedly in a matter of seconds, even when used properly.
Defendant NutriBullet, LLC has known of the defect for years, yet has failed to warn consumers or issue a recall, according to the class action. Worse, the complaint alleges NutriBullet “has and continues to fraudulently conceal and intentionally fail to disclose” that its blenders pose a serious safety risk.
What Does the Class Action Say About Warranties?
NutriBullet offers a 1-year written warranty or cash refund on its products with an option for consumers to buy an extended warranty, according to the class action lawsuit.
The warranty states that NutriBullet blenders “will be free of defects in materials and workmanship for one year from the date of purchase.” The lawsuit alleges these warranties are unconscionable and nothing more than contracts of adhesion that limit consumers’ negotiating power. The complaint states:
“The Blenders are defective from the point of sale, thus, NutriBullet breaches its warranty that Blenders will be free of defects in materials and workmanship for at least the first year after the date of purchase.”
The disparity in bargaining power is great. NutriBullet controls what the warranty covers and how long it will last. It is a contract of adhesion. [The plaintiff] and Class Members have no meaningful choice or negotiating power with regard to the warranty. [The plaintiff] and Class Members must take-it or leave-it.
The class action further alleges that NutriBullet’s warranties exist to limit remedies available to consumers who had no idea the blenders were defective and would fail well before the end of their expected lifespan, which is approximately 10 to 25 years.
NutriBullet Overheating Blenders $10 Million Class Action Settlement
Nutribullet LLC has agreed to a $10 million class action lawsuit settlement to resolve claims some of its blenders are prone to overheating and cause serious burns.
The claim form is eligible to anyone who purchased, for non-commercial use and not for resale, any new or reconditioned 600- or 900-watt Nutribullet blender in the United States or its territories between June 1, 2017, and March 15, 2022.
A final approval hearing in the Nutribullet overheating blenders settlement is set for June 30, 2022. The deadline to opt out of or object to the settlement is June 13, 2022.
The claim form deadline is also June 13, 2022. Only one claim per household. Contact the settlement administrator to learn more.
Nevada Mom Alleges NutriBullet Explosion Caused Severe Hand Injuries
According to TMZ , a woman from Nevada says she was crippled after a NutriBullet blender exploded and mutilated her hand. Plaintiff Wendy Littlefield of Las Vegas, Nevada, says she was using her NutriBullet to mix beans and tomatoes when the blender exploded, sending the blades slicing through her right hand.
What are NutriBullet Lawsuits Alleging?
The cause of action in product liability class action lawsuits is typically based on 3 types of liabilities: negligence, warranty liability (aka breach of warranty), or strict liability.
Negligence implies that the manufacturer does not operate continuously with due caution to ensure the safety of the product design and development.
Warranty laws are a promise that can be expressed or implied between manufacturers and consumers.
Strict liability holds businesses and manufacturers responsible for injuries to consumers that were caused by defective, faulty, or dangerous products like the NutriBullet.
As consumers, we have the right to purchase products with the expectation that it has undergone adequate testing to ensure it don’t pose a safety risk to users. When consumer safety is put at risk, the manufacturer can be held responsible for victims’ injuries caused by their NutriBullet blenders that are faulty, defective, or mislabeled.
Consumer protection laws are regulated by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), designed to protect our rights as consumers from instances like blender accidents. A recent Consumer Report article recommended that consumers not purchase the NutriBullet Pro 900 after defective testing was done and the blender had cracked blades.
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Get a Free Lawsuit Evaluation With Our Law Firm
The Product Liability Litigation Group at Schmidt & Clark, LLP law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in NutriBullet cases. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new class actions in all 50 states.
Free Case Evaluation: Again, if you were injured by a defective NutriBullet blender, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing class actions and we can help.