If you’ve been saving up for a Vitamix blender to make your morning smoothies, you might want to do some careful comparison shopping first. Vitamix has just announced a recall of over 100,000 blender products, after multiple people sustained serious laceration injuries. Due to a systemic defect in certain models, the blending containers can separate from the base and expose the extremely sharp blades underneath, making consumers vulnerable to deep cuts. Eleven customers have already been lacerated by the affected products and filed reports to the company.
In a show of good faith, the Vitamix Corporation is now recalling their products voluntarily, and on August 9th they released a notice on their Twitter detailing the extent of the recall. Their Ascent and Venturist series containers are the apparent culprits, but Vitamix has already created a free repair kit to amend the flaws in both models, which you can receive by contacting them directly. Vitamix recommends that anyone who owns one of these blending containers halt all use immediately and report it.
What to Do When You Have a Defective Household Product
Not every product liability case is as clear cut as Vitamix, however, as many manufacturers refuse to acknowledge there’s a problem until it reaches them through the legal system. If you’ve been seriously injured by a defective household product, you should keep a couple of things in mind:
- Seek medical treatment immediately. It goes without saying, but the first and most important thing you should do is get appropriate medical care for your injuries. While visiting the doctor, make sure to get their expert opinion on what caused your injuries, and keep records of your visit afterwards.
- Save records of your medical expenses. If a defective product was truly to blame for your injuries, you will need to establish exactly what those injuries cost you in order to receive compensation. Be sure to keep all paper and electronic records of medical care.
- Do some research on the product defect. If possible, it’s always best to arm yourself with research on the product in question, and to find out if anyone else has experienced the same injuries. If there’s an existing class action suit or recall, it can only help your case to be aware of it.
- Consult with a seasoned product liability lawyer. Last but not least, you should consider consulting with an attorney who has experience in defective products and product liability within your state. These laws can be incredibly complicated, and companies can take advantage of that complexity to avoid compensating the injured. Working with a skilled legal team is your best bet.
At The Gilbert Law Group®, we take all product liability claims seriously, and our team has won dozens of awards fighting for our clients’ rights. As one of the top 100 plaintiffs’ lawyers in America, Jim Gilbert and our team can investigate your claim and seek maximum compensation for your injuries, whether you live in Colorado or somewhere else in the U.S.