Most of the recalls that I try to bring to the attention of consumers are centered around food poisoning outbreaks, choking or entrapment hazards for children, or undeclared allergens in a food product. However, the one I stumbled across today features a work-out machine that has a tendency to topple over if one of the pieces is removed. The equipment manufacturer, Powertec, announced the recall earlier this week. Approximately 1,000 units are affected by this particular recall of the Leverage Gyms system.
According to the CPSC in this press release, “This recall involves the Workbench Leverage Gym, 2010 version, which has a lock and load removable bench section opening up the lever area for power exercises such as squats, shrugs and rows. The gym has black upholstery and either a black or yellow frame.” However, when that bench is removed to do those exercises, it causes the workbench to become unstable which can lead to the bench falling over and potentially crushing someone in the process.
In my research as a personal injury attorney in Seattle, I haven’t found any reports of personal injury from this dangerous product as of yet. Hopefully Powertec was able to discover the defect in time before anyone was hurt. If you own one of these workbenches, you can either receive a repair kit from the manufacturer or you can have one of their authorized dealers repair the product for you.