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Alleged Magic Bullet Defect Prompts Nutribullet Lawsuit

Los Angeles, CA: Nutribullet is facing a defective products lawsuit filed by a customer who alleges the Magic Bullet blender poses a risk of injury to users due to a defect which causes the product to malfunction.

Filed by Harjit Thandi, the lawsuit states she was making a protein shake when parts of her Magic Bullet blender became dislodged. A cup in which Thandi placed the ingredients unexpectedly detached, when she tried to move the base the blades began to spin without warning, causing her to suffer “many severe lacerations” to her finger.

Following the injury Thandi went to the emergency room, where, “because of the many jagged cuts to her finger, the treating physician was forced to glue and gauze her finger rather than close the wound via stitches or sutures,” according to the complaint.

As a result of her injuries, the plaintiff asserts she has suffered significant nerve damage and severe pain, which could very well be permanent. “Since the date of the incident, plaintiff Harjit Thandi has suffered severe pain and nerve damage which has significantly and, likely, permanently impacted her life on a daily basis,” the complaint states. Thandi is undergoing physical therapy for the persistent pain as well as issues with flexibility and range of motion in her hand, the complaint asserts.

NutriBullet’s blades and blender mechanisms are housed in the lid, which screws onto a plastic cup. The combined unit is inverted and locked into a motorized base that automatically powers the blades. When the combined cup and lid unit are unlocked, the blades stop spinning. However, unlike a typical blender, Nutirbullet’s systems don’t contain a pressure valve, which can cause the cup to prematurely detach from the lid if too much pressure has built up when the user attempts to unlock the combined cup and blade unit. However, the blades remain locked in place and can continue to spin in the user’s hand, posing a risk of injury.

According to the complaint, ”Defendants were aware for many months and possibly up to four years, that its blenders, including the Magic Bullet, presented exactly the same type of risk which injured plaintiff."

Some 23 lawsuits have been filed against NutriBullet for burns or lacerations from their blenders.

Thandi alleges negligence, failure to warn, manufacturing and design defects, breach of implied warranty of merchantability and violations of California business law.

Thandi is represented by Boris Treyzon, Douglas A. Rochen, Derek S. Chaiken and Aaron Lavine of Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo LLP.

The case is Harjit Thandi v. NutriBullet et al., case number 2:18-cv-00623, in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

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Published on Feb-12-18


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