Bowflex Power Pro Fitness Machines Recalled
Jan 30, 2004
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In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nautilus Direct of Vancouver, WA, U.S. is voluntarily recalling about 420,000 Bowflex fitness machines.

The fitness machines have two potential safety issues. First, while being used in the incline position, the machine's backboard bench can unexpectedly collapse and break, posing a risk of injury to the user. Second, the "Lat Tower" can rotate forward and fall during use, posing a risk of injury to the user.

Nautilus Direct and CPSC have received at least 70 reports of the backboard benches breaking, resulting in at least 59 back, neck, and shoulder injuries. Nautilus Direct has received at least 18 reports of the "Lat Tower" rotating forward and falling, resulting in at least 14 back, neck, shoulder, teeth, nose, and head injuries, some of which required stitches.

The recalled fitness machines are the Bowflex Power Pro XL, XTL and XTLU systems with the "Lat Tower" attachment. The "Lat Tower" attaches to the back of the bench and has pull-down pulleys attached. The machine has 10 to 14 resistance rods that extend about 48-incs high and a backboard bench that is about 36-inc long. The recalled fitness machines were made in China, Taiwan, and the U.S.

Infomercials and specialized retail stores nationwide sold the fitness machines from January 1995 through December 2003 for between U.S. $1,200 and $1,600.

Consumers were advised to stop using the backboard bench in the incline position and "Lat Tower" on the fitness machines immediately and to contact Nautilus Direct to receive a free repair kit that will address both issues. Nautilus said it is contacting owners of affected machines by direct mail when the owners' names are known to the firm.

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