Dallas-area residents are probably at least familiar with the NutriBullet device, if they do not actually own one themselves. The powerful little blender, which is supposed to be a tool for making – among other dishes -- healthy smoothies, may in fact be a rather dangerous product. The NutriBullet manufacturing is facing a number of complaints after users have suffered severe burns.
The most recent lawsuit names as defendants not just Nutribullet LLC but also three other companies, all connected with some aspect of the device's sale, manufacturing or design. The plaintiff is a man who claims he was almost blinded when the blender exploded. He had filled the device with a hot liquid and began using it when it exploded, causing severe burns all over his face as well as his hands and torso.
The manufacturers claim that this was because the contents of the blender were too hot at the time and this use is counter-indicated. However, a number of other users allege that they experienced similar explosions and resultant burns, but they say they were only using room-temperature substances at the time. It appears as though the high speed of the spinning blades may cause some substances to overheat and lead to the same end result, with a fair chance of severe burns.
This most recent lawsuit is only one of several, in fact. In 2014, the Nutribullet's parent company, Capital Brands LLC, was sued after a woman suffered the same explosion-then-scalding experience, and earlier this year, yet another woman sued the brand for an allegedly near-identical occurrence. Whether or not the product's manual contains warnings regarding these risks, it appears this device might be a rather dangerous product. Anyone in Dallas or the surrounding area who has similarly been injured by a NutriBullet or any other defective home appliance or device may benefit from a consultation with an attorney who has experience in product liability law.
Source: Fox News, "Infomercial bestseller NutriBullet investigated over 'exploding' units", Rebekah Sager, March 14, 2017