At least 22 people are suing the maker of the NutriBullet, after suffering serious injuries and burns allegedly caused by the blender.
Sheryl Utal used her NutriBullet every day for years. Then one morning, she told CBS News, the high powered blender exploded, resulting in second-degree burns.
"It just came flying out all over me, all over the kitchen, the ceilings, the walls," Utal said. "And it was on my chest. It also had hit me in the face as well."
She is one of the 22 people now suing NutriBullet. Rosa Rivera is another. She claims her face was badly burned by the product.
On Tuesday, she said, “I want to tell the people don't use this product no more because it's dangerous.”
Attorney Danny Abir, who represents both women, blames their injuries on a manufacturing defect. The suit is asking the company to recall its products.
"The spinning creates heat and pressure inside the canister and the canister can blow up," Abir told CBS News. "We have 22 cases and we are one firm in Los Angeles.”
He told ABC7 that more calls are coming in from people who were injured by the NutriBullet.
In May a woman from Kansas, Cristal Miranda (pictured), said her NutriBullet exploded, causing first and second degree burns to her face and body.
She told NBC26, “I can sort of remember my screaming. Because I’ve never felt so much pain, immediately I dropped to the floor.”
It is unclear if Miranda is one of the 22 in Abir’s lawsuit.
NutriBullet is contesting the lawsuits. In a statement, they wrote: "Reports of our blenders causing injury are extremely rare. […] We typically find customers have failed to adhere to the operating instructions and warnings provided."
The company also responded specifically to Rivera’s complaint.
"Customer safety and satisfaction are paramount at NutriBullet, and we were saddened to learn about Ms. Rivera's accident. Unfortunately, her attorneys are attempting to sway public opinion about a safe and effective product by orchestrating a publicity campaign making the NutriBullet appear dangerous. There have been hundreds of millions of uses by satisfied NutriBullet customers worldwide, who have simply followed the provided operating instructions and warnings. We will work with Ms. Rivera's attorneys to determine the cause of her accident."
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