Vitamix announced last week that they are recalling blender containers after 11 people reported lacerations as a result of an exposed blade.
The recall affects approximately 105,000 of the Ascent and Venturist 8-ounce and 20-ounce containers made in March 2018 or earlier. The products were sold at Costco and Williams-Sonoma and on Vitamix’s website between April 2017 and July 2018.
If you believe you may have purchased one of the affected containers, you should stop using it immediately. Look for the date — which is etched on the blade in a MM-YY format — to find out if your container was manufactured before March 2018. If you do have one of the containers, call the company for a free repair kit at 888-847-8842.
If you want to skip conducting your own investigation, you can also visit the Vitamix website and enter your name and zip code to find out if you have a faulty product. If you do, there’s a chance Vitamix has already shipped a kit your way.
The company noted on its recall landing page that it has begun mailing kits to customers they already have on file for purchasing one of the recalled containers.
If you’re worried about future issues with your beloved smoothie-maker, the company says you can rest easy: Blending cups and bowls made in April 2018 and beyond have been redesigned to fix the issue. Scott Tennant, director of communications for the company, told Consumer Reports the company implemented a new gasket into the design to nix the apparent issue with the blade.
Tennant also said the repair is a cinch, requiring a simple exchange of the faulty piece. “You’ll replace the orange gasket, no tools needed, with a new gasket,” he said. “That’s it.”
Sounds like your favorite blender will be up and running in no time.