Several dozen lawsuits across the nation claim that NutriBullet blenders have caused injuries due to the defective devices exploding.
With over 14 million NutriBullets sold worldwide, the implications of widespread injuries, such as severe burns and lacerations, indicate a major flaw in the NutriBullet’s design or manufacturing. Claims allege that Capital Brands, the maker of NutriBullet, violated consumer protection laws by failing to warn consumers about the products’ potential to explode.
Severe Injuries Caused By NutriBullet Explosions
In a Fox 11 Los Angeles segment about the NutriBullet lawsuits, it was reported that investigations into the NutriBullet began in late 2018 and concern several lawsuits over injuries allegedly caused by the blenders.
At that time, the attorneys included in the segment had filed 14 lawsuits against Capital Brands. However, less than a year later, the number of pending claims had risen to 86.
One such lawsuit, according to the report, brought by a woman named Laura Lambros, claims she used the NutriBullet to mix lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper in May 2014. The cup popped off the base, causing her pinkie and ring finger to be caught in the blades. The exploding NutriBullet resulted in broken bones and lacerations.
Other users featured in the segment suffered from injuries that led to cuts, scar tissue, nerve damage, and broken teeth from the blender’s assemblies coming apart at high speeds.
Statement from Capital Brands
The company that manufactures and sells the NutriBullet, Capital Brands, blames the injuries on user error. According to a statement reported by Fox 11 Los Angeles in April 2019, the company “denied responsibility and filed motions to contest the allegations as ‘irrelevant and improper.'”
However, numerous users claim in lawsuits that they followed the instructions that came with their blenders. Attorneys reported that they have clients calling them from every state in the nation claiming to have been injured as a result of their NutriBullet exploding.
Manufacturer Releases Damaging NutriBullet Test Videos
In April 2019, defense attorneys for Capital Brands produced two never-before-seen videos which showed the NutriBullet exploding during test runs.
Produced by the company’s manufacturers in China, the first video shows pressure added to the inside of a blending NutriBullet, with its only content being water, before exploding. The second video shows the blender, also containing only water, exploding after operating for 10 minutes and 19 seconds.
One of the attorneys from the news report stated that the likelihood of explosion depends on the age of the device and content being blended. The device could explode in a matter of seconds or could take as long as 10 minutes, as the test videos showed. In either instance, the NutriBullet blenders should not have harmed people in the way they did by exploding and sending shrapnel towards consumers, injuring them severely.
Injured in a NutriBullet Explosion? We Can Help.
If you or a loved one has been injured while using a NutriBullet, you can seek compensation and hold Capital Brands accountable by filing a defective product lawsuit. Reported injuries have included, but are not limited to:
- Severe burns
- Cuts, lacerations, and bruises
- Fractured bones
- Broken teeth
- Scar tissue
- Nerve damage
Contact The Simon Law Firm to discuss your case today. Our attorneys are compassionate and here to help.