On October 2, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Fitness Anywhere LLC, of San Francisco, California, is recalling about 40,000 units of Suspension Trainer Devices, which were manufactured in China. The recalled items were sold nationwide from January 2006 through December 2009 for about $150 to $200 at health and fitness stores and studios, and online.
The recalled Suspension Trainer Devices pose a fall hazard, due to the potential breaking of the strap length-adjustment buckles. Fitness Anywhere has received 570 reports of the strap length-adjustment buckles breaking and 82 reports of the user falling, including 13 reports of head, face, shoulder and hip injuries.
At any point during the design and manufacturing process of consumer fitness equipment, significant failures may contribute to product 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 even fail to include any relevant cautions. Even one act of negligence during the process from a product’s conception to its sale can cause catastrophic injuries and wrongful death once the product reaches unsuspecting consumers.
If you or a family member have suffered significant personal injuries as the result of a defective product or negligence, 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.