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Dick's Sporting Goods has started off the New Year with a pair of product recalls.
The company announced late last month the recall of the Fitness Gear Inversion table, a fitness device in which users are flipped upside down. The second recall, announced last week, also involves a fitness product: the Pro Performance SKLZ Recoil 360 All Position Trainer, an elastic band-type device used for resistance training.
What led to these two product recalls and what should consumers who may have purchased these defective products do?
Fitness Gear Inversion Table
Dick's has issued a voluntary recall for the Fitness Gear Inversion Table based on two issues with the product. First, the company has removed potentially misleading medical claims on the product's packaging, as well as on store signage and in online descriptions. These claims included statements that the fitness table reduced back stress by relieving pressure on vertebrae discs, relieved pain by stretching muscles, stimulated circulation to relieve muscle stiffness, and reduced the effect of aging due to gravity. The company states in its recall notice that the Inversion Table is "intended to be a fitness product, and not a medical device."
Dick's also reports that users of the product have been injured after falling from the table. Consumers who may have been injured while using this product may want to consult a lawyer regarding a personal injury lawsuit. But anyone who may have purchased a Fitness Gear Inversion Table from Dick's between November 2011 and September 2014 can return the product to a Dick's store for a full refund.
SKLZ Recoil 360 All Position Trainer
The SKLZ resistance training belt is being recalled after it was discovered that a weld on the device may snap, causing the flexible cord to retract and potentially hit the exercise partner providing resistance. According the Consumer Product Safety Commission, three serious injuries have been reported in connection with the defect.
Those who purchased one of the 52,000 units subject to the recall can contact the product's manufacturer SKLZ, to receive a replacement product. Consumers with questions regarding either of these recalls can call Dick's Customer Service team at (866) 677-4771.