Vitamix is beloved by home bartenders and pros alike as the go-to company for blenders. However, if you’re planning a big week of frozen drinks to beat the August heat, beware! Vitamix recalled over 100,000 bleeding containers this week due to the risk of some nasty cuts from that spinning blade.
The good news is that the recalled models aren’t too bar-friendly, The small sized Ascent™and Venturist™series 8-ounce Blending Cups and 20-ounce Blending Bowls are at risk. If you have one of these models, you need to take a look at the blade which should have a laser etched date (MM-YY format) on it. If that date falls before March 2018 (“03-18”), you have a problem and need to take action.
The blenders in question were sold at Costco, Williams-Sonoma, and online at www.vitamix.com from April 2017 through July 2018.
What Exactly Is Wrong
A statement from the manufacturer explained that these units used a new, defective gasket. Consequently, the container is prone to separation from the base which exposed the spinning blades. The company said that they are already aware of 11 instances of customer laceration due to the defect.
What To Do
If you own one of the models sets for recall, you can call 1-888-847-8842 between 7am and 6pm or you can log onto the official recall page and enter you info there.
What Happens Next
Vitamix will send you a repair kit that basically includes a new base for the container. You will be able to tell that the base is new because the safe units are marked with a green or orange dot on the base.
Correction: This article has been amended to clarify that the blending containers, not the actual blender base are the subject of the recall.