Ease up on that margarita — or you may cut a finger or two. Vitamix, maker of high-end blenders, has voluntarily recalled some 105,000 blender containers after nearly a dozen customers reported lacerations due to an exposed blade, according a recent announcement by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall also covers more than 100,000 Ascent and Venturist 8-ounce and 20-ounce containers manufactured before March 2018. These containers were sold at Costco, Williams-Sonoma, and on Vitamix’s website between April 2017 and July 2018. The blending cups and bowls are clear containers with a black base that features an integrated blade that attaches to the blender base to operate.
Vitamix has received 11 reports of lacerations when consumers’ hands came in contact with exposed blades, although nothing more serious than that. The cuts occur when the blade separates from its case, causing a cut.
If you believe your Vitamix containers are affected by the recall, look for the product manufacture date that is etched on the blade in MM-YY format. If the container is listed in the recall, and the manufacture date is before March 2018, you should stop using the container until it is repaired.
Additionally, a Vitamix Recall Landing Page was created to help owners check their Vitamix blender against the recall request and request a repair kit. You can also contact Vitamix at 888-847-8842 to request a repair kit, however there’s a good chance your repair kit is already on its way, as the company has begun mailing kits to customers they have on file as purchasing one of the faulty blenders.
“For those customers who own 20-ounce cups or 8-ounce bowls manufactured prior to the design change, we will send free of charge an easy-to-use repair kit,” Scott Tennant, Vitamix’s director of communications, told Consumer Reports. “We implemented a new gasket into the design. You’ll replace the orange gasket, no tools needed, with a new gasket. That’s it.”
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Updated on August 17: We updated this story to clarify the Vitamix models and containers affected by the recall.
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