A 36-year-old Santa Monica woman sued Amazon Friday, alleging the explosion of the glass head on a skin therapy wand machine she bought through the e-commerce company’s website gave her a shock so strong it sent “blood splattering on the walls and as far as the ceiling.”
Azin Espahbod’s Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit also names Onyx Distribution Inc., the alleged seller of the wand on the Amazon site, as a defendant.
Espahbod is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, alleging breach of the implied warranty of merchantability, breach of express warranty, strict products liability, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and violation of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act.
An Amazon representative did not immediately reply to a request for comment.
The NuDerma skin therapy wand machine, made by Pure Daily Care, is represented as providing painless and effective treatment while reducing wrinkles and fine lines over time by boosting circulation and collagen, according to the lawsuit.
But contrary to the Amazon and Onyx assertions, the wand has a material defect in its glass head that can cause it to explode and break off, sending glass and a strong powerful electric current to the user, the suit alleges.
Espahbod alleges she was using the wand last June 16 when, without warning, the glass head broke apart and sent both glass and a strong powerful electric current through one of her hands, which “sent blood splattering on the walls and as far as the ceiling, causing her serious and debilitating injuries.”
The wand “was not of merchantable quality and was not safe and fit for its intended uses,” according to the suit, which also says the alleged defect in the glass head “was substantially certain to result in a malfunction” during use by a consumer.
Amazon profited off the sale of the wand through fees the company charges sellers like Onyx “to operate as a storefront on Amazon’s website,” the suit states.
Espahbod told Amazon and Onyx about the alleged defect in the wand, but it “continues to be sold to the public via Amazon’s website,” according to her court papers.