NutriBullet, the popular blender that makes smoothies, is in hot water after several people have come forward claiming that their devices have caused them severe injuries.
Among the people who have allegedly gotten hurt by the blender is Rosa Rivera, the mother of the late singer Jenni Rivera. On Tuesday, Rivera filed a lawsuit against the company after her device exploded while making a salsa and left her with third-degree burns to her hands, head, face, and neck.
“I went to the emergency room because it was just so much pain, it was burning so much,” Rivera said.
Of course, Rivera is not the only one who is suing NutriBullet. According to Attorney Danny Abir, there are over twenty people who have received some sort of injury as a result of the blender. "We are representing 22 clients and have been getting calls almost on a weekly basis with people who have been injured with a NutriBullet machine," he said.
And while Mark Suzomoto, a corporate attorney for NutriBullet, told FOX 11 that misuse was probably the reason behind these incidents, attorney Aaron Lavine argues it's the faulty design that caused it.
"This is a closed canister with blades in it that are spinning at tens of thousands revolutions per minute. What that does is create a friction and then heat, which creates a dangerous condition that allows these eruptions of the content of the blender," he said.
In response to the lawsuit, Nutribullet issued the following statement:
“Customer safety and satisfaction are paramount at NutriBullet, and we were saddened to learn that Ms. Rivera was injured. It is clear, however, that the plaintiff’s attorneys are trying to sway public opinion by orchestrating a publicity campaign that makes a very safe product appear dangerous. Reports of our blenders causing injury are extremely rare when compared to the hundreds of millions of uses by satisfied NutriBullet customers worldwide. We typically find customers have failed to adhere to the operating instructions and warnings provided, but we will have to let the process play out to determine the final cause in this case.”