WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Core Health & Fitness LLC of Vancouver, Washington, has agreed to pay a $6.5 million civil penalty. The settlement resolves CPSC’s charges that Core failed to immediately report to CPSC, as required by law, that its Cable Cross Over Machines and Dual Adjustable Pulley Machines contained a defect or created an unreasonable risk of serious injury.
CPSC charged that Core had information that the height adjusting carriages on the machines can loosen and fall, posing serious impact injury hazards to the user. Core received reports of 55 incidents involving falling carriages, including 11 incidents that resulted in head lacerations requiring stitches or staples, but Core did not notify the CPSC immediately of the defect or risk.
Core recalled the Cable Cross Over Machines and Dual Adjustable Pulley Machines on July 12, 2017.
In addition to paying the $6.5 million civil penalty, Core has agreed to maintain an improved compliance program to ensure compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). Core will also maintain a related system of internal controls and procedures to ensure that information required to be disclosed by Core to the Commission is recorded, processed and reported in accordance with applicable law.
The penalty agreement has been accepted provisionally by the Commission by a 4-0 vote.
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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product-related incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of injuries associated with consumer products over the past 50 years.
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