|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2002
Release # 02-145
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 864-3840
CPSC Media Contact: Scott Wolfson, (301) 504-7051
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Horizon Fitness, of DeForest, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 5,900 treadmills. A component of the electronic control panel can malfunction, causing the motor and walking belt to rapidly accelerate and the user can lose balance and fall.
Horizon Fitness and CPSC have received 15 reports of consumers losing their balance and falling off of the treadmill. Injuries include cuts and abrasions.
The models included in the recall are the model year 2000/2001 Paragon, Quantum and Omega treadmills. This recall does not include any 2002 model product, which include the Omega II, Quantum II, Paragon II, and Alpine.
Sporting goods stores, including Total Fitness Solutions, Fitness Warehouse and Play It Again Sports sold these treadmills nationwide from November 2000 through June 2001 for between $699 and $1099.
Consumers should stop using these treadmills immediately and contact Horizon Fitness toll-free at (866) 864-3840 or (888) 993-3199 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday to receive a repair kit and to set up an appointment to receive an in-home repair. Consumers should have their serial number available at the time of the call to determine if their unit is affected.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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