Unsafe Fitness Balls Prompts Product Safety Recall

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Fitness ball recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a widespread recall of unsafe fitness balls. The balls, manufactured and sold between from May 2000 to February 2009, are unsafe, and can cause injuries if overinflated. There have been about three million unsafe rubber fitness balls sold nationwide.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, “An overinflated fitness ball can unexpectedly burst while in use, causing the user to fall to the floor.” So far, forty-seven injuries have occurred from the unsafe fitness balls resulting in bruising and one bone fracture.

All of the unsafe fitness balls were manufactured in China from EB Brands, of Yonkers, New York. The fitness ball brands causing safety concerns include Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit Fitness Balls.


If you have one of the recalled, exploding fitness balls, you should contact EB brands for safety instructions about how to inflate, at (800) 624-5671 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. You can also visit the manufacturer’s Web site at www.ebbrands.com.

Overinflating the fitness balls can cause them to burst, sending users quickly to the floor, and causing injury. More information about the unsafe fitness balls in available at www.cpsc.gov.

If you have experienced an injury from any consumer product, call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s hotline at (800) 638-2772.
If you know anyone who has purchased a fitness ball that could burst and cause injury, please forward this information.




I think that one thing people should make sure to understand -- and it's not being reported -- is that EB Brands actually approached the CPSC to find a way to better inform users of overinflation. The term "product recall" is misleading, as no EB Brand balls will be removed from shelves. Below is the official statement from the company regarding the CPSC announcement: “Today the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and EB Brands have issued a joint press release announcing a voluntary product recall regarding fitness balls produced by EB Brands. The purpose of this statement is to share some additional details not provided in the press release. Since 2000, EB Brands has received 47 complaints of burst balls out of its 3 million fitness balls sold in the United States. After conducting research on the product, we concluded that bursting balls are likely caused by the consumer overinflating the ball before use. Even with a complaint rate of only 0.0016%, we voluntarily approached the CPSC in late 2008 to seek their advice and guidance. The CPSC agreed with our findings and together we worked out a plan to warn consumers about the risk of overinflation and to help consumers inflate fitness balls to the proper size. No product will be removed from retail shelves or pulled from the marketplace, as the CPSC did not recommend or require EB Brands or our retail partners to do so. To ensure the safety of EB Brands customers, the following actions have been taken: *Create and place a new sticker inside the product box and on the pump cautioning consumers about the risk of overinflation *Revise inflation instructions included in the product package *Make available a measuring tape for consumers to measure the size of inflated fitness balls - available by calling EB Brands or logging onto www.ebbrands.com *Offer replacement balls or refunds to consumers whose balls have burst *Distribute a letter and informational poster to each retailer that has carried EB Brand fitness balls EB Brands takes the safety of our consumers seriously. We anticipate that these changes will further ensure the safe and effective use of inflatable fitness balls.”
Thanks for nothing. I know I read that they could be returned for full refund when the "recall" first hit the news. It would appear that they are now backpedaling on that offer. Typical.
Oh my. I didn't know.
How can I return it for a refund? It was a gift but still has a Kohl's sticker on it so I know where it was purchased. I don't wish to continue using it knowing it could burst!
Hi there, Contact EB Brands at (800) 624-5671 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ebbrands.com