To date, seven people have become the victims of severe finger- and hand-lacerations from Target’s Chefmate blenders that came apart during operation.
Target stores, who are the distributers of the blender manufactured under the brand name Chefmate, have voluntarily recalled approximately 300,000 of these blenders after a series of more than a dozen accounts detailing situations in which the rotating-blade assembly separated from the blender’s pitcher. The six-speed blender was made in China by Select Brands, and sold exclusively at Target stores between September 2007 and February 2011.
According to a report by the Consumer Product Safety Commission, while the blender is operation, the plastic pitcher can separate from the rest of the device, which in turn exposes the rotating blades. Not only are the blades extremely sharp, but when they’re moving at high rates of speed they have the potential to cause serious physical injury.
The branch of Illinois personal injury law that encompasses Illinois product liability lawsuits covers situations in which manufacturers, distributers, suppliers, retailers, and others who distribute products to the public, are held responsible for injuries caused by defects in those products. Often companies with knowledge of problems with a product will issue a recall for the merchandise in order to limit injuries and the resulting legal penalties that come with the injuries. That is what happened in this situation.
The blender at issue is six inches tall, and has a white electrical base with the word “Chefmate” printed in black on the front, and a clear plastic pitcher. It was sold at Target stores for $14. Consumers are advised to stop using these blenders and return them to any Target store immediately; The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that Target will issue a full refund for any of these blenders to customers who bring them back to the store.
Personal injury and Product Liability lawsuits – such as ones that may be filed in this situation for the injuries from the blender’s blades – serve a number of purposes. They cover the costs of medical expenses incurred as a result of a product manufacturer’s negligence, and they help the families of the victims who, but for an accident, would have been able to provide support to his or her family through his or her employment. They also compensate the injured parties for pain and suffering, and disability and disfigurement caused by faulty products.
But that’s not all that Chicago Product Liability Lawsuits do. Perhaps just as importantly, these types of cases focus attention on potentially dangerous products, and encourage other stores and manufacturers to engage in more careful behavior, in the hopes of avoiding future litigation.
If you’ve had an incident with a product that caused an injury, or have a loved one who may have died from the use or exposure to a dangerous or defective product, it’s important that you know your rights under the law. Our Chicago personal injury attorneys have the experience and compassion to help you fight for your rights.