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BlendJet recalls millions of blenders due to fire risk, including 117,000 breakable blades in Canada | Radio-Canada News

BlendJet is recalling millions of portable blenders due to laceration and fire hazards after receiving dozens of reports of injuries, U.S. regulators said Thursday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says the recall affects about 4.8 million blenders in the United States and about 117,000 were sold in Canada.

BlendJet 2 portable blenders may overheat or catch fire, according to the CPSC, and their blender blades may break during use.

There were 329 reports of blades breaking during use, the CPSC said, as well as 17 reports of overheating or fires that resulted in approximately US$150,000 in property damage claims. The company also received 49 reports of minor burns and one report of a laceration injury.

Regulators urged consumers to immediately stop using the recalled blenders and contact BlendJet for a free replacement of the base unit. To receive the replacement part, customers will need to remove and cut the rubber gasket from the base and email or upload a photo via the BlendJet website.

Impacts older mixers

BlendJet said in a prepared statement that the recall involves older Blender 2 blenders. It noted that BlendJet 2 blenders are now available for purchase on the company’s website and that retail partners have updated their components and were not the subject of the recall.

“Out of an abundance of caution, our company has updated the BlendJet 2 base with thicker blades and an improved electrical configuration,” BlendJet wrote in a statement released Thursday. “These updates were implemented several months ago in all BlendJet 2 devices manufactured by the company.”

BlendJet 2 blenders with serial numbers starting with 5543 or higher are not being recalled, the Benicia, Calif., company said. Consumers can also confirm if their blender is under recall by providing product information on BlendJet’s website or by contacting the company.

According to the CPSC, recalled BlendJet portable blenders were sold between October 2020 and November 2023 online and in stores at retailers including Costco, Walmart and Target.

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