Nautilus Exercisers Recalled for Fall Hazard

Nautilus Inc., of Vancouver, Washington just <"">recalled about 400 Nautilus F3 Chin Dip Stationary Exercise Units manufactured by Land America Health and Fitness Company of China, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The footpads on the recalled Nautilus F3 Chin Dip Stationary Exercise Units can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

The recall involves Nautilus F3 Chin Dip stationary exercise units with model number (F3CD), which is located on the frame of the product. The recalled Nautilus F3 Chin Dip Stationary Exercise Units were sold by Nautilus direct and distributors to fitness centers nationwide from May 2007 through February 2009 for about $1,300.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Nautilus F3 Chin Dip Stationary Exercise Units. Fitness centers and clubs have been sent free redesigned support plates for the footpads. Fitness centers and clubs should call Nautilus if they have not received the support plates directly from Nautilus. Nautilus can be reached, toll-free, at 1-800-935-7313 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Pacific Time, Monday through Friday or at the firm’s Web site at

In recent years, imports from China have been at the center of safety worries in the United States and other countries. For instance, there was a heparin contamination with a counterfeit ingredient linked to dozens of deaths in the U.S. and hundreds of serious reactions here and abroad. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for recalls of several foods imported from China that may have been tainted with the industrial chemical melamine; melamine-tainted dairy products hospitalized thousands of children in that country. We have also long been reporting that despite federal lead standards and that many consider lead poisoning to be one of the most important chronic environmental illnesses affecting children today, toys—many imported from China—continue to be made with elements that exceed federal standards and that could pose serious, sometimes fatal, health concerns.

In recent months, the defective Chinese drywall debacle has been making news and plaguing homeowners with sulfur fumes that smell like “rotten eggs” and cause air conditioning coils to corrode as well as sinus and respiratory ailments, eye and skin irritation, persistent runny or bloody noses, headaches, and asthma. Some situations were so severe that residents had to vacate their homes.

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