Name of product: Bowflex® Ultimate 2 Home Gyms
Units: About 78,000 (about 68,000 home gyms were recalled on December 6, 2007)
Importer: Nautilus Inc., of Vancouver, Wash.
Hazard: The home gym's horizontal seat rail is designed to be latched in a vertical position for storage. If the seat rail is not manually latched, it can fall unexpectedly on the user or a bystander, posing a risk of serious injury.
Incidents/Injuries: Nautilus has received 18 reports of injuries caused by unlatched seat rails that have fallen, resulting in head and shoulder lacerations, some requiring stitches or staples.
Description: This recall involves the Bowflex® Ultimate 2 Home Gyms. The home gyms are equipped with pulleys, resistance rods, and other equipment, which allow the user to perform a variety of exercises. "Bowflex Ultimate 2" is written on the vertical part of the frame.
Sold at: Specialty fitness retailers nationwide and through direct Nautilus sales from June 2005 through January 2009 for about $2,300.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers may continue to use their home gyms for exercising, but should not place the seat rail in the vertical (storage) position until the repair is performed. Registered owners are being sent a free repair kit. Owners who have not received a repair kit by March 10, 2009 should contact the firm.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Nautilus at (800) 259-9019 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at bowflex.com