Horizon Fitness, Livestrong Fitness Elliptical Trainers Recalled

About 18,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Horizon Fitness and Livestrong Fitness Elliptical Trainers, distributed by Johnson Health Tech North America Inc., of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. The foot pedal can become disengaged, posing a fall hazard. To date, the firm is aware of 58 reports of foot pedal disengagements. No injuries have been reported.

The recalled products are elliptical trainers branded under the Horizon Fitness and Livestrong Fitness names. The brand name is located at the top of the console display with the model numbers just below and the serial numbers are located on the front support tube of the trainer. The recalled models and serial numbers are listed below.

Horizon Fitness:

• Model EX-58; serial number ranges: EP5130909CX00001 – EP5130909CX00645, EP5130909CY00646 – EP5130909CY00903, and EP5130909CX00904 – EP5130910CX01893

• Model: EX-68; serial number range: EP5140909CX00259 – EP5140910CX00387

• Model: EX-78; serial number range: EP5160909CX00121 – EP5160910CX00142

• Model: GS1050E: serial number range: EP5180909CX02194 – EP5180910CX01290

• Model: CE5.1; serial number ranges: EP515N232090001 – EP515N332090519 and EP515X639090001 – EP515X245090129

Livestrong Fitness Elliptical Trainers

• Model: LS7.9E; serial number ranges: EP5250908CN00001 – EP5250908CN01679 and EP5250909CX00001 – EP5250911CX00296

• Model: LS9.9E; serial number/serial number ranges: EP5270907CN00016, EP5270908CN00001 – EP5270908CN01682, and EP5270909CX00001 – EP5270911CX00120

• Model: LS12.9E; serial number ranges: EP5280908CN00003 – EP5280908CN01534 and EP5280909CX00001 – EP5280911CX00550

The Elliptical Trainers, which were manufactured in China, were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online at www.livestrongfitness.com and www.dickssportinggoods.com between October 2009 and November 2009.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled Horizon Fitness and Livestrong Fitness Elliptical Trainers immediately and contact Johnson Health Tech NA to schedule a free in-home replacement of the defective pedals. Johnson Health Tech NA can be reached toll-free at 1-800-962-3596 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday; at the firm’s Web sites at www.horizonfitness.com and www.livestrongfitness.com; and via email at ellipticalsupport@horizonfitness.com

Of note, the defective Horizon Fitness and Livestrong Fitness Elliptical Trainers were imported from China. Imports from China have been making headlines in recent years; this recall is just one more of many other such issues on which we have been writing regarding this problem. In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the United States involved imports from China and involved products such as dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin that were found to be made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long been putting United States consumers at significant risk. Now, the ongoing Chinese drywall disaster involving imports from that country has been making headlines.

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