Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Cybex International Recalls Treadmills Due to Fall Hazard; Can Speed Up Unexpectedly

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Cybex Treadmills

Units: About 19,000

Manufacturer: Cybex International Inc., of Medway, Mass.

Hazard: The treadmills can speed up unexpectedly while in use due to a malfunction with the lower control board, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Cybex International has received 24 reports of incidents involving the treadmill unexpectedly increasing speed, including six reports of consumers falling. Three of those incidents resulted in minor injuries.

Description: The recall involves the Cybex 445T, 455T, 530T, 450T, 500T, 515T, and 520T treadmill models. The treadmills are black and gray with rectangular uprights. The 530T style treadmill is 81 inches long by 32 inches wide. The 445T style treadmill is 72 inches long by 32 inches wide. The treadmills have a display panel on a console as wide as the treadmill. "Cybex" and the model number are written on the console.

Sold at: Cybex International and Cybex dealers nationwide from January 2001 through September 2008 for between $5,500 and $7,000.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately unplug and stop using the recalled treadmills. Contact Cybex to receive a free replacement fuse. If requested, a Cybex technician can install the fuse free of charge. Cybex is directly contacting known purchasers.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Cybex toll free at (866) 897-9199 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.Cybexintl.com .

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