Yesterday the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of about 447,000 Target Embark Resistance Cords. At least three injuries
were reported, including two persons suffering blindness, due to cord defects.
Consumers were advised to immediately terminate any use of the following products:
• Embark Light (tension) Resistance Cord (Green)
• Embark Medium (tension) Resistance Cord (Blue)
• Embark Heavy (tension) Resistance Cord (Black)
• Embark Resistance Cord Kit (set of 3 cords in green/blue/black stored in mesh bag)
The Resistance cords are made of rubber with black foam handles and a door attachment. The door attachment is supposed to serve as an anchor, however the reports indicate that plastic ball that serves as the anchor can unexpectedly released, allowing the cord tension to jettison the anchor toward unsuspecting consumers, pose a significant injury hazard.
At any point during the design and manufacturing process, failures regarding safety issues associated with products may contribute to a product’s hazards, including (1) missteps during the early design stages; (2) inadequate testing to ensure safe performance; and (3) marketing efforts that include inadequate instructions and warnings, or failure to include any relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from product’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death once the product reaches homes, schools and workplaces of consumers.
If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries, including blindness and vision loss, as the result of a defective product, contact the law office of Swartz & Swartz, P.C. Call (617) 742-1900 in the Boston area, or for clients in greater Massachusetts, New England, or other states across the U.S., call toll-free at 1-800-545-3732.