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EB Brands Recalls Fitness Balls Due To Fall Hazard

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Friday, April 17, 2009 11:51 AM EST
Category: Protecting Your Family
Tags: Major Medical, Product Recalls, Defective and Dangerous Products, CPSC, Exercise, Healthy Living

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IMAGE SOURCE: © CPSC / Recalled Fitness Balls

EB Brands, of Yonkers, N.Y., in cooperation with the U.S. Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has voluntarily recalled about three million fitness balls sold under the following brand names - Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit Fitness Balls.

If over-inflated, the ball can burst during use and cause serious injury to the user.

To date, the company has received 47 reports of the fitness balls bursting including multiple reports of bruises and one report of a fracture.

The recalled fitness balls come in 55-, 65- and 75-cm diameter sizes. They were sold at department stores and retailers nationwide from May 2000 to February 2009. They come in various different colors and include a pump and inflation instructions.

Although the action is termed as a recall, the company will not be taking the balls back unless they have burst. Rather, the CPSC advises Consumers to contact EB Brands for updated instructions on how to safely inflate the ball.

Basic user guidelines:

Before use, inspect the ball for any damage, warns spots, cracks or foreign objects that may harm the surface. If there is any sign of damage, DO NOT attempt to use or repair the ball.

Inflate the ball only as described. Improper inflation may cause damage to the ball.

The ball should be inflated with the pump that is included with the product only. An air compressor should not be used.

Do not inflate larger than the ball’s maximum inflation size.

Do not use the ball if it’s over-inflated or expanded to a size greater than the correct size.

Full instructions can be found on EB Brand's Web site here.

Consumers should contact EB Brands directly with questions at (800) 624-5671 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday – Friday, or visiting EB Brand’s Web site. #


3 Comments

Anonymous User
Posted by Aaron Walker
Friday, April 17, 2009 12:00 PM EST

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 LINK
*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.”

Posted by Chrissie Cole
Friday, April 17, 2009 12:10 PM EST

Thank you for the additional information, Aaron. The term "product recall" in this instance, is indeed very misleading.

Anonymous User
Posted by KT
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 3:32 PM EST

haha, you must sell these balls and are dealing with people trying to return them.
thats why i am here researching this so called "recall". if it was a serious hazardous recall, then why hasnt the manufacturer informed us or taken the item off the shelf?? all they did was send us new inflation instructions and a new needle thing for inflation.

you know, i dont know why it is so hard to believe that,"if you over inflate a ball of any sort, it will burst". i figured that was just common sense.

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