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Cybex Recalls Weight-Lifting Equipment Due to Serious Injury Hazards

  • Recalled Cybex Smith Press model 5340
  • Recalled Cybex Smith Press model 5341
  • Recalled Cybex Smith Press model label
Name of Product:
Cybex Smith Press plate-loaded weight-lifting equipment
Hazard:

The weight bar can fall, posing serious injury hazards to the user.

Remedy:
Refund
Repair
Recall Date:
August 29, 2018
Units:
About 15,000
Consumer Contact

Cybex toll-free at 877-423-3253 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.cybexintl.com and click on “Support” for more information.

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves the Cybex Smith Press model 5340, manufactured and distributed from 1989 through 1993, and model 5341, manufactured and distributed from 1993 through 2009. The models have a weight bar seated between two parallel vertical tracks on latch pins. The weight bar can be moved up and down to perform upper body and lower body exercises. The equipment is used primarily in fitness facilities. The weight bar was sold with the Smith Press, and the weights were sold separately. The model number is printed on the base of the frame of the Smith Press equipment.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately stop using the weight-lifting equipment and contact Cybex for instructions on how to receive a free repair for model 5341 or a credit or refund of the current value for model 5340. All known purchasers are being contacted by the firm.

Incidents/Injuries:

The firm has received 27 reports of injuries, including serious injuries of paralysis and spinal fracture.

Sold At

Through Cybex direct sales representatives and fitness equipment dealers to fitness facilities and gymnasiums and online at www.cybexintl.com from 1989 through 2009 for between $1,000 and $3,400.

Manufacturer(s):

Cybex International Inc., of Owatonna, Minn.

Manufactured In:
U.S.
Distributor(s):

Cybex International Inc., of Owatonna, Minn.

Recall number:
18-211
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This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

About the U.S. CPSC
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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