Ab Lounge distributor Fitness Quest will send repair kits to tens of thousands ofÂ owners of three models of the exercise machine as a part of a voluntary recall in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The recall, announced just before Thanksgiving, is based on 15 reports of cut or crushed fingers occurring when users open or fold up the devices and they catch their fingers in the hinges. The injuries have not occurred during exercise, and the recall does not apply to units that do not fold.
According to Mike Clark, executive vice president of Fitness Quest, the company contacted the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) when it started receiving injury reports.
"We took it upon ourselves to contact the CPSC," Clark told SNEWSÂ®. "We're very proud of the unit."
The recall affects every Ab Lounge, Ab Lounge 2 and Ab Lounge Ultimate by the Canton, Ohio-based, company since the machine started selling in October 2003. Clark said his company is sending repair kits to every person who bought the machines from Fitness Quest directly (infomercial or Internet) rather than sending postcards telling owners to request the kits.
"We're trying to do the best thing we can," he added, noting that if consumers had followed instructions the finger-pinch incidents would not likely have occurred.
The machines sold through various channels in addition to infomercials and the Internet, including catalogs, and discount department and sporting goods stores, including Wal-Mart and Dick's Sporting Goods. The units, made in China and Thailand, sold for between $100 and $210. Those who bought the machines at retail should contact Fitness Quest directly.
To read the entire CPSC release or see a picture, click here.