|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
|November 29, 1988|
|Release # 88-106|
WASHINGTON-Some two million "Gut Buster" stomach exercise devices sold nationally by Gut Buster of Canton, Ohio are the subjects of a repair program undertaken by the company in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The product was sold between October 1986 and June 1987 for a price of $19.95.
Acting on consumer reports of more than 700 unconfirmed injuries when the exercise spring broke, Gut Buster has developed a method of repairing the device to reduce chances of the spring breaking and injuring users. In some situations, the spring of the "Gut Buster" may be extended too far to withstand the additional stress and could snap. Consumers have allegedly experienced bruises, cuts and lacerations to the face and other parts of the body.
Consumers should stop using the exercise device and are instructed to call Gut Buster's toll-free number at 1-800-325-7292 to receive the repair kit. Consumers can also write to Gut Buster at 1400 Raff Road, S.W., Canton, Ohio 44750. Step-by-step instructions will explain how to shorten and retie the safety cord that runs the entire inside length of the exercise spring.
Consumers not wishing to repair the device should discard the "Gut Buster" so no one else may use it.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product 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 deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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