BlendJet has recalled nearly 5 million of its popular portable blenders due to fire and laceration hazards, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Thursday.
Overview of the Recall
The recall involves all models of the BlendJet 2 blenders, which were sold online at BlendJet.com, Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Target.com, and in-store at Target, Walmart, Costco, Bloomingdale’s, and other retailers nationwide. Approximately 4.8 million units are included in the recall in the U.S., with an additional 600,000 sold in Canada.
The blenders are being recalled after Consumer Reports identified dozens of reports of the blender overheating, catching fire, and blades detaching during use leading to cuts and impact injuries. The CPSC stated the blender can overheat or break apart during use, posing fire and laceration hazards.
According to the CPSC, BlendJet has received over 200 reports of blenders catching fire, burning users, or breaking apart. These incidents have resulted in three reports of minor burns and four reports of minor cuts. No serious injuries have been reported.
Model Numbers Impacted
The recall involves all colors and models of the BlendJet 2 blenders, including:
- BJ200BKS (Black)
- BJ200WHT (White)
- BJ200RED (Red)
- BJ200BLU (Blue)
- BJ200LVR (Lavender)
- BJ200MGP (Magnolia Pink)
- BJ200GRN (Green)
The model number is printed on the bottom side of the blender base.
Where the Blenders Were Sold
From July 2021 through December 2022, the BlendJet 2 blenders were sold online at:
And in retail stores including:
The blenders were priced between $25 and $36. Approximately 4.8 million were sold in the United States and 600,000 were sold in Canada.
Consumer Product Safety Commission Actions
The CPSC announced the recall jointly along with BlendJet on December 28, 2023. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled blenders and contact BlendJet for information on how to return their blender and receive a full refund in the form of a BlendJet credit or gift card.
According to the CPSC recall notice, “BlendJet has received over 200 reports of the blenders overheating, catching fire, burning users, or breaking apart.” The company has worked with the CPSC to issue this voluntary recall out of caution.
This is considered a dangerous hazard that poses risks of fire and laceration, so the CPSC is recommending consumers stop using the product immediately. The CPSC will continue monitoring the recall and working with BlendJet to ensure the blenders are removed from the marketplace.
Expected Next Steps
BlendJet will provide consumers instructions on how to receive a refund for their recalled blender. Given the large number of units involved, managing the return and refund process is likely to take some time to complete.
The company stated in the recall notice that it “is currently investigating the issue more fully to determine why some blenders have overheated or broken during use.” So additional details around what specifically caused these incidents may still emerge.
There also may be further actions taken by regulatory bodies if the investigation finds negligence, faulty manufacturing, or inadequate safety testing procedures by BlendJet. And personal injury lawsuits could arise from those burned or cut while using the recalled blenders.
Product Safety Background
The BlendJet 2 is a compact, portable blender introduced by BlendJet in 2020. It quickly became popular for making smoothies, protein shakes and other blended drinks on-the-go. Prior to the recall, the blender had over 20,000 5-star reviews online.
Part of the reason for this popularity was the blender’s small size and USB rechargeable battery, making it easy to use anywhere. It measures 6 inches high and 3 inches wide.
|Rechargeable via USB
The blenders were marketed as being able to “blend almost anything” including fruits, vegetables, nut butters, protein powders, ice and more.
However, reports have now emerged of the stainless steel blades detaching, the motor overheating, and fires occurring while using the product.
Health Canada Also Issues Recall
Along with the CPSC recall in the U.S., Health Canada simultaneously issued its own recall of about 600,000 BlendJet blenders sold in Canada.
Health Canada advised that “the blender can overheat, melt or break apart during use” posing fire and injury risks.
They requested that Canadians stop using the recalled blenders immediately and contact BlendJet for information on refunds.
So the recall is comprehensive across North America and includes all BlendJet 2 models sold since the blender was launched in July 2021.
- BlendJet has recalled 4.8 million blenders in the U.S. and 600,000 in Canada
- Recalled due to fire and laceration hazards caused by overheating and breaking
- 200+ reports of fires, burns and cuts; 3 minor burns and 4 minor cuts so far
- Sold online and at major retailers including Target, Walmart and Costco
- CPSC advises consumers to stop using immediately and contact BlendJet
- Refunds/credits/gift cards will be made available for recalled blenders
- BlendJet investigating root cause; more details may still emerge
- Personal injury lawsuits possible from those injured by the products
The sweeping recall indicates potential design flaws that led the popular portable blenders to overheat, catch fire and break apart unexpectedly. Both BlendJet and regulators advise consumers to stop using the products out of an abundance of caution. And the nearly 5 million blenders now being pulled from the marketplace demonstrates the substantial impact when widely sold consumer goods reveal unexpected hazards.
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