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Fitness Balls Recalled Following Reported Injuries

EB Brands of Yonkers, New York, is cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall fitness balls that have been linked to numerous injuries. The recall includes Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit Fitness Balls. Approximately 3 million units are being recalled.

According to a press release created by the CPSC, if the fitness balls are over-inflated, they can burst while being used and may cause the consumer to fall. So far, EB Brands has received 47 reports of the fitness balls bursting unexpectedly. Among these reports are incidents of a fracture and multiple bruises.

The fitness balls included in the massive recall are made of rubber and measure 55-, 65- and 75-cm in diameter. These products came with a pump and inflation instructions. The recalled fitness balls were available in various colors and have the Bally Total Fitness, Everlast or Valeo logo printed on them.

The CPSC’s press release states that the products were manufactured in China and sold at various department sores and fitness retail outlets across the United States from May 2000 to February 2009. The fitness balls cost between $15 to $30.

Consumers with the recalled fitness balls are supposed to contact EB Brands to obtain a copy of the updated instructions on how to safely inflate the ball. More information is available by calling EB Brands at (800) 624-5671 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM EST Monday through Friday or by visiting www.ebbrands.com.