March 30, 2006
Alert #06-541


The following product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym

Units: About 17,000

Distributor: Nautilus Inc., of Vancouver, Wash.

Hazard: One end of the leg extension cable can release from the guide pulley and swing around, potentially striking the user or a bystander.

Incidents/Injuries: Nautilus is aware of one incident in which the leg extension cable released, and one incident in which the squat attachment cable became disengaged. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves the Bowflex Ultimate 2 home gym, which is an exercise machine equipped with pulleys, tension rods and other equipment to permit the user to select from among a variety of exercise routines. The name "Bowflex" and the model name "Bowflex Ultimate 2" are on the front of the lat tower and the sides of the main upright frame structure.

Sold by: Nautilus Inc. through direct sales to consumers and through specialty fitness retailers nationwide from June through December 2005 for about $2,300.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Owners are being sent a free kit, including a pulley bracket and a cable retainer assembly. Each of these items can be easily installed with a small tool that is included in the kit. Consumers should stop using the leg extension, squat attachment or abdominal attachment until the kit is installed.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Nautilus at (800) 413-3121 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at


Picture of Recalled Bowflex Machine