The mother of the legendary singer Jenni Rivera is suing the manufacturer of the Nutribullet blender, alleging her blender exploded while she was making chili and left her with severe, disfiguring burns.
According to CBS News Los Angeles, Rosa Rivera and her attorney held a press conference Tuesday that offered some details of the alleged Nutribullet explosion.
According to Ms. Rivera’s lawyer, infomercials touting the Nutribullet fail to warn consumers about the appliance’s hidden dangers, which include a build-up of pressure inside the canister that can cause it to explode.
Ms. Rivera, who lives in Los Angeles, claims that her Nutribullet exploded in her face on Nov. 4. Pictures aired on CBS News Los Angeles show second-degree burns across her head, face, and neck. Ms. Rivera received hospital care for her burn injuries. Now she wants to warn the public about the alleged defects of the Nutribullet blender that could cause serious injury.
Ms. Rivera is not the only Nutribullet user allegedly injured by a blender malfunction. Kentucky resident Crystal Mirandez told CBS that she was using a Nutribullet to blend some pinto beans when the blender exploded. She was severely burned by the hot contents that burst from the blender.
Other Nutribullet users have suffered lacerations. According to Ms. Rivera’s lawyer, one client was holding the blender canister in place when it exploded, causing the user’s hands to fall onto the blender’s spinning blades. Mr. Rivera replicated that accident in a video.
In a public statement, Nutribullet said it was “saddened to learn that Ms. Rivera was injured” but said that its blenders have been used hundreds of millions of times safely and without incident.
“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,” the company said.