Unsafe Fitness Balls Prompts Product Safety 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.