Fitness Balls Recalled by EB Brands Due to Fall Hazard; New Assembly Instructions Provided

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 16, 2009
Release #09-196

Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 624-5671
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

Fitness Balls Recalled by EB Brands Due to Fall Hazard; New Assembly Instructions Provided

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.

Name of Product: Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit Fitness Balls

Units: About 3 million

Manufacturer: EB Brands, of Yonkers, New York

Hazard: An overinflated fitness ball can unexpectedly burst while in use, causing the user to fall to the floor.

Incidents/Injuries: EB Brands has received 47 reports of fitness balls unexpectedly bursting, including reports of a fracture, and multiple bruises.

Description: This recall involves rubber fitness balls sold in 55-, 65- and 75-cm diameter sizes. The fitness balls were sold with a pump and inflation instructions. The fitness balls were sold in various colors with the Bally Total Fitness, Everlast or Valeo logo printed on the ball.

Sold at: Department stores and fitness retailers nationwide from May 2000 to February 2009 for between $15 and $30.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact EB Brands to receive a copy of the updated instructions on how to safely inflate the ball.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, 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

 

Picture of Recalled Fitness Ball Packaging

Picture of Recalled Fitness Ball