Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB) November 15, 2012
Scott Starr, of the Indiana law firm Starr, Austen & Miller, LLP, announced that the firm was investigating the recall of Fitness Anywhere suspension trainers. These products are an interconnected system of ropes and webbing intended to suspend a person working out from a fixed structure, usually the side of a wall, in order to allow them to use their own body weight in resistance training exercises.
Fitness Anywhere is a California based company that imports physical fitness equipment and markets it along with specialized training programs within the U.S. Most of Fitness Anywhere’s imported products, including the suspension trainer that is the subject of the recall, are manufactured in China. This recall pertains to the older model Professional (P1) and Tactical (T1) TRX suspension trainers that were imported by Fitness Anywhere between January 2006 and July 2007. These devices were sold and distributed nationwide through a variety of local fitness stores and studios as well as through Fitness Anywhere’s own online storefront from January 2006 until December 2009. (From: http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20121002/BLOGS23/121009921)
The recall revolves around the safety of the hand straps that the suspension device uses. The core of the product is a nylon anchor strap that is attached to a fixed structure, like a wall. At the end of the anchored strap there is a nylon loop that is threaded through on both sides to form two hand straps in roughly a Y shaped layout. The person working out uses the two hand straps to do suspended exercises like pushups using their own body weight as resistance. The defective models do not have locking nylon loops at the point where the hand straps meet the anchor strap to form the Y to provide backup protection against the straps slipping during use. The defective models also have no end caps on the foam-covered plastic hand grips, which prevent the underlying plastic grip from being exposed. This has led to the plastic grips both becoming sweaty and more easily worn. The consequence of these two deficiencies is that the suspension device has been reported to not provide secure anchoring while in use, resulting in several cases of face-first falls and the resulting injuries. (Source: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13001.html)
Remarking about the Fitness Anywhere recall Starr Austen & Miller product liability lawyer Scott Starr stated, “This is an unfortunately ironic incident in which a product meant to help people achieve their personal fitness goals has in some cases resulted in very serious injuries. Such devices come with either explicit or implicit guarantees that anyone can use them and that they are perfectly safe for use. Such express or implied warranty was likely breached in this instance, however.”
As of this date, 82 individual reports of injuries sustained by the malfunction of these model suspension fitness trainers have been filed with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, including a range of face, head, shoulder and back trauma. (See: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13001.html)
If you have been injured due to the malfunction of your Fitness Anywhere trainer, then you may be able to seek legal recourse in the form of a product liability lawsuit. Talk to an attorney with products liability claims experience who can help you understand your options.