This is definitely not a good week for the Fitness industry.
At least two different products designed for fitness purposes have been recalled this week over personal injury issues. Unfortunately for some consumers, a series of incidents were reported before the recalls were issued.
The first recall announcement was released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. According to the report, DICK’S Sporting Goods has issued a recall for its Fitness Gear Inversion Tables with the style numbers STE00059FG or STE00118FG. According to the federal agency, the impacted products were sold between November of 2011 and September of of 2014.
The tables come with instructions that clearly stress the importance of making sure that the ankle locking systems must be engaged so they are safe from personal injury incidents. Nevertheless, people are reporting incidents involving the device failing to secure them, which has caused them to fall and experience personal injuries as a result.
Consumers with the recalled units are being urged to return the products to the store of purchase as soon as possible. If you have the product but you’re not sure of what to do to have the item returned, make sure to contact DICK’S Customer Service team promptly. If you have accidents associated with these products to report, contact the U.S. Food and Drug Administration right away.
The second recall issued for fitness products that could expose you and your loved ones to serious personal injury risks is the SKLZ Recoil 360™ All-Position Resistance Trainer, a device that offers resistance to the consumer while he or she is performing certain exercises.
According to the official recall announcement published by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 52,000 units of the devices are being recalled due to an issue with the trainer’s belt. Since the item may suddenly break while the device is in use, the flexible cord attached to the resistance trainer may retract unexpectedly and too quickly to give the consumer any time to react. This issue could cause the device to hit the person holding the other end.
At least 52,000 units of these products were recalled by the company behind this particular personal injury recall.
According to the CPSC, the products have been associated with three personal injury incidents involving the weld on the resistance trainer breaking while the device was in use. All cases resulted in serious injuries, including one incident that resulted in blunt trauma to the user’s lower leg, a laceration and a puncture wound.
Consumers with these devices should stop using them to exercise and have them returned to SKLZ so they are given a full refund. Impacted units of the resistance trainers were sold nationwide between January 2013 and December 2014. The official recall announcement issued by the CPSC can be found here.