June 28, 1990


Release # 90-117


WASHINGTON, DC--In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Harrison-Hoge Industries Inc., of New York, NY announces a recall of the New Gym "Stomach Eliminator" exercisers sold from 1985 to December 1989. In the majority of 62 incidents reported to the firm and CPSC, a spring, clip or footpedal of the exerciser broke during use and struck the user, which resulted in serious facial or body injury. Some 700,000 exercisers were sold nationwide through mail order and retail stores for approximately $10 to $20 each.

The "Stomach Eliminator" exercisers have three, 12-inch, black metal springs attached to a black plastic handlebar and footbar. The words, "Made in Italy" or "Brevattato" are found on the footbar, footstrap, or handlebar.

Consumers should immediately discontinue use of the New Gym "Stomach Eliminators" and call Harrison-Hoge at 1-800-852-0925, Mon - Fri 8:30 to 4:30 Eastern Time. Harrison-Hoge is offering a $15 refund or a $20 credit toward other Harrison-Hoge products. To obtain the refund or credit, customers must send back the handlebar as proof of purchase to Harrison-Hoge Industries, Inc., 200 Wilson Street, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776.