The Vitamix blender is a big deal in many households. But there’s been some concern lately over mixers malfunctioning, and if you have one, you might want to listen in.
Blenders are great for whipping up everything from smoothies to salad dressings and even dinner rolls. But those smooth foods and drinks may have something not-so-pleasant in them if you’ve been making them with a Vitamix.
Turns out, the top seals of the blade assembly caused small, black polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) flecks to disperse into blended foods and drinks. If you own one of the mixers in question, you could be entitled to a brand-new blade assembly or a $70 Vitamix gift card. The news comes as a result of a class-action lawsuit settled by the Vita-Mix Corporation.
Is my blender included?
According to the settlement, the blenders in question were made between Jan. 1, 2007 and Oct. 1, 2016. Commercial Vitamix blenders purchased between Sept. 15, 2015 and Aug. 9, 2016 are also eligible for the settlement. While the company agreed to the preliminary settlement, it maintains that the blenders were not defective, and stresses that the plaintiffs in this lawsuit didn’t suffer losses or injuries.
Owners of the Venturist, Ascent and Explorian series of Vitamix blenders can rest assured that their machines are functioning as promised (sans flecks of PTFE), as these machines have not raised any parts-related concerns and were not a part of the settlement.
If you’re not sure when your Vitamix was manufactured, simply look at the blades, where the date is stamped.
What are the health risks associated with ingesting PTFE flecks? According to the legal claim, anyway, there are none. However, blenders with this issue are worth less on the resale market.
How do I get reimbursed?
If deemed eligible, you will be notified by email. Keep an eye on that spam folder, so you don’t miss the message!