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Why a popular blender is being recalled across North America – National |

Blenders are a common Christmas gift, but one well-known line is being recalled across Canada and the United States because it could catch fire or harm people.

Health Canada tells Canadians to immediately stop using the BlendJet 2 portable blender, warning that it may “overheat or catch fire, and blender blades may break, posing fire and laceration hazards to consumers “.

Since December 14, one fire has been reported and ten cases of broken metal blades have been reported, according to Health Canada.

“Units with the first 4 digits of the serial number between 5201 and 5542 that are subject to recall should be identified using the question “Is my BlendJet 2 recalled?” “tool,” the agency said.

American regulators are also doing their part. The American Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that 4.8 million were purchased in the United States and another 117,000 in Canada.

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The recalled blenders were sold at Costco, Walmart, Target and online from October 2020 to November 2023.

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The CPSC has received “approximately 329 reports of blades breaking during use” in the United States.

The BlendJet 2 has been linked to 17 fires “resulting in property damage claims of approximately $150,000.” There were also 49 reports of “minor burns and one report of a laceration injury,” the CPSC said.

Over the past few weeks, there have been several high-profile recalls.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has removed several brands of fresh-cut fruit from shelves due to a salmonella outbreak.

Meanwhile, an airbag problem has caused Toyota and Lexus, as well as Honda and Acura, to recall tens of thousands of vehicles in Canada.

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San Francisco-based BlendJet issued its own recall of the BlendJet 2 portable blender and said it was working with regulators.

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“While none of the reported incidents resulted in serious injury or significant property damage, out of an abundance of caution, our company has updated the BlendJet 2 base to feature thicker blades and an improved electrical configuration,” he said. she declared in a press release published Friday. .

The company added that the BlendJet 2 blender “with a serial number beginning with 5543 or higher is not subject to this recall.”

Customers can contact the company for a free replacement of the base unit. To get the part, they will need to remove and cut out the rubber gasket from the base and email a photo to the company or submit it to the website.

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