ICON Recalls Fitness Inversion Bench

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission and ICON Health and Fitness Inc of Logan Utah have recalled three brands of inversion benches sold between April 2008 and February 2009 for between $200 and $300. The brands include the Nordic Track Revitalize, Gold’s Gym, and Weider Club inversion bench and were sold through sporting goods stores, WalMart, and Sears.

Inversion benches are pieces of exercise equipment that uses a table or bench to place the body at an incline, the head lower than the feet, to reverse the effects of gravity. It is used by some to reduce back pain, improve circulation, or increase flexibility.

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The ankle clamp on the recalled bench can release unexpectedly, or the strap used to limit rotation can break, posing a fall hazard. There have been 75 reports of incidents which included 23 injuries, some of which were to the head and neck.

The models recalled are:
• Nordic Track Revitalize Inversion Bench 2.0 model 831.14895.0
• Gold’s Gym Inversion System models GGBE0867.0 and GGCCBE0867.0
• Weider Club Inversion System model WEBE0878.0
The model number is located under the backrest of the bench.

The company estimates that there were about 33,000 benches sold.

Customers should stop using the recalled product immediately and contact ICON for a free repair kit. Additional information can be obtained by calling 866-506-9095 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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