LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Rosa Rivera, mother of the late singer Jenni Rivera, claims her NutriBullet blender exploded and left her with second-degree burns.
Rivera’s attorney Danny Abir joined Rivera at a press conference Tuesday morning detailing the lawsuit.
“Don’t use this product no more because it’s dangerous,” Rivera told reporters. She says the blender exploded while she was using it, causing the hot contents to splatter on her face and neck, leaving disfiguring burns.
There’s a growing number of reports of the high-powered blender beloved among smoothie lovers malfunctioning and leading to burns and cuts on users’ faces, necks and arms. A number of the incidents have been reported overseas, but Rivera lives in Los Angeles.
Attorneys for Rivera say she had to go to the hospital for treatment of second-degree burns to her face and neck after her NutriBullet blender exploded on Nov. 4. Rivera says she wants to warn and inform the community about the defects of the blender.
In response to the lawsuit, Nutribullet released the following statement:
“Customer safety and satisfaction are paramount at NutriBullet, and we were saddened to learn that Ms. Rivera was injured. It is clear, however, that the plaintiff’s attorneys are trying to sway public opinion by orchestrating a publicity campaign that makes a very safe product appear dangerous. Reports of our blenders causing injury are extremely rare when compared to the hundreds of millions of uses by satisfied NutriBullet customers worldwide. 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.”