Three Million Fitness Balls Recalled


WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with EB Brands, Yonkers, NY, announced a voluntary recall of 3 million fitness balls sold under the Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit brands.

When overinflated, the fitness balls can unexpectedly burst while in use, causing the user to fall. EB Brands has received 47 reports of fitness balls bursting, including reports of a fracture and multiple bruises.

The recall involves rubber fitness balls sold in 55-, 65- and 75-centimeter diameter sizes in various colors and with a pump and inflation instructions. Advertised as “burst-resistant,” the fitness balls were sold in department stores and by fitness retailers nationwide from May 2000 to February 2009 for between $15 and $30.

Consumers are being asked to call EB Brands at (800) 624-5671 or visit the company’s Web site for more information.

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