LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A Las Vegas mother is warning people about an everyday kitchen appliance after she claims her NutriBullet exploded in her hands leaving her with permanent injuries.
Wendy Littlefield has filed a lawsuit against NutriBullet LLC because of the incident back in 2016.
Littlefield claims she was blending room temperature tomatoes and beans when she went to go turn off her NutriBullet 900 and the appliance exploded, slicing her right hand.
"I went from the person that everyone needed to being the one that needed everyone," Littlefield said.
According to Littlefield, she claims she has undergone several surgeries, but is left with little movement and pain to her right hand.
"I live with burning, tingling and electrical spasms daily," Littlefield said.
Littlefield claims the injuries have also caused her to give up her livelihood. She was once a hair and makeup artist on the TLC show "Toddlers and Tiaras."
"It's difficult to even run a brush through my own hair," Littlefield claims.
But Littlefield's story is now becoming more common. Her lawyer Doug Rochen tells 13 Action News, he currently has over 50 lawsuits against NutriBullet from people across the country claiming their NutriBullet has also exploded.
"We get calls every day," Rochen said.
Rochen said he is fighting to pull the blenders off the shelves, because he claims the popular appliance has no way to relieve the pressure it builds up.
He also claims there is no warning on the NutriBullet 900 telling users the appliance can explode.
"It literally separates from the threads and it explodes much like a bullet would leaving the cartridge of a gun," Rochen said.
NutriBullet has responded to the claims and have said the explosions could be user error.
The company sent this statement to 13 Action News:
"NutriBullet is dedicated to the safety and satisfaction of its customers. Every day, millions of our customers blend nutritious smoothies from fruits, vegetables and nuts in NutriBullets designed to prevent direct access to the moving blades when normally operated. We are sorry Ms. Littlefield was injured, wish her well in her recovery, and will continue to investigate how this incident could have occurred as she claims."
Terry Fahn, SITRICK AND COMPANY
Littlefield claims she used the appliance correctly, under a minute and with room temperature product.
She said she wants to warn others, so what happens to her doesn't happen to anyone else.
"Why would you bring something home to your family that may or may not be safe," Littlefield said.
NutriBullet has not recalled any of its blenders, but they do have a warning on the back of the appliance that tells users how to correctly use the NutriBullet.
They also accompany each product with a user manual that gives users further instructions.