In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Sportcraft has voluntarily recalled 320 treadmills sold primarily through Dick's Sporting Goods under the name Tredex 10.0.
According to a Sportcraft spokesman, the action was initiated by the company and is called a "voluntary corrective action."
"We discovered a minor electronic flaw that was reported to us by the consumers, and we decided to take a voluntary corrective action," the source said.
The action began after the company received reports from consumers of unexpected acceleration. According to the CPSC statement, the treadmill's circuitry can overheat, causing the unexpected acceleration during use. That caused users to fall. There were nine reports, which resulted in five reports of injuries. The injuries included sprains to the back, shoulder and knees, and cuts and abrasions to various parts of the body. One consumer tipped over due to the acceleration and received a black eye.
Sportcraft treadmills, marketed either under the name Sportcraft or Tredex by Sportcraft, began shipping in 2001 and are sold at various outlets in the United States and Canada including Modells, Academy, Big 5, Dick's and Wal-Mart. They retail mostly from about $300 to $800.
Although there is a safety that prompts an automatic shutdown, shutting down takes 1.5 seconds, during which time the treadmill can reach its top speed of 12 mph.
The treadmill was sold from January to March 2004 by the Mt. Olive, N.J.-based, company which has the machines manufactured in China.
The CPSC has told consumers to stop using the treadmill and contact Sportcraft for a refund or a replacement (1-800-526-0244, ext. 640). The company's website (www.sportcraft.com) features a prominent link to CPSC information at the top of the home page.
To see the CPSC statement and a picture of the treadmill, click here.