With millions of blenders being sold through major retailers annually, it’s no surprise that rare adverse events like a recall can occur from time to time. Last month, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and blender manufacturer Ninja announced the recall of nearly 5 million blending cups sold at Costco, Target, and Walmart due to possible fire and laceration risks.
These blending cups were sold from March 2011 through December 2020, with models included in this recall featuring gray, red or black plastic cups and motor bases. The recalled model numbers and date codes are available on the CPSC website.
For consumers who own these blending cups, it may be helpful to know that they can be dangerous. If the blades become exposed or misaligned, it could cause the cup to fracture while blending. This could potentially lead to laceration risks or the risk of pieces of the cup flying off and burning the consumer. Additionally, the cup’s insulation could also overheat while blending, creating the risk of possible fire.
Thankfully, the problem can easily be remedied through the recall process. Consumers should immediately stop using these cups and check the model numbers on the CPSC website to find out if they are included in the recall. If the model is included, the procedure to obtain a free replacement cup is included on the website.
Before performing product recalls, the CPSC is always sure to do extensive testing to ensure the safety of consumers. It’s clear that this recall was conducted for very valid concerns regarding the safety features of the blending cups. It’s important to always remain vigilant when using household products and to pay attention to any recalls that are announced in order to avoid potential harm to yourself and those around you.