BlendJet Inc. is recalling about 4.8 million portable blenders sold at Costco, Target and Walmart after receiving reports of blades breaking and the product overheating or catching fire, leading to dozens of injuries.
The Benicia, Calif.-based company has heard of 329 incidents in which BlendJet 2 portable blender blades broke during use, as well as 17 other reports of overheating or fires that led to claims for property damage of approximately $150,000, according to one notice. released Thursday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
BlendJet also received 49 reports of minor burns and one laceration.
“In one complaint involving an injury, a consumer reported that the blender began smoking while plugged in, and the plaintiff’s son allegedly burned his finger while unplugging it,” according to Consumer Reports, which began raising safety concerns with the CPSC and BlendJet in August. .
“BlendJet should publicize this recall as widely as possible in the new year, and we urge the company to offer a refund to those who do not feel comfortable with a replacement,” said William Wallace, managing partner of CR’s security policy. said Thursday in an emailed statement.
Made in China, the recalled product was sold in stores nationwide and online from October 2020 to November 2023 for $50 to $75. Available in a variety of colors and designs, the recalled blenders contain serial numbers with the first four digits ranging from 5201 to 5542. Consumers can also go here to identify the blenders.
Consumers are urged to stop using the blenders and contact BlendJet for a free replacement of the base unit, according to the CPSC notice. People who purchased the recalled product will need to remove and cut the rubber gasket from the base and email or upload a photo to the company’s website.
BlendJet 2 blenders with serial numbers starting with “5543” or higher are not being recalled because they already have updated components, BlendJet said.
In addition to the 4.8 million recalled blenders sold in the United States, approximately 117,000 more were sold in Canada.
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