By: Russell Maas | Published: January 23rd, 2013
About 75,600 exercise resistance bands sold exclusively at Walmart have been recalled, due to reports that suggest the handles may be defective and fail, posing a potential injury risk for users or bystandards if the rubber bands separate from the handle.
A Perfect Resistance Bands recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on January 22, following at least 12 reports of the mesh handles detaching from the rubber bands. As a result of the problems, consumers have suffered injuries to the back, hand, and eyes.
The Walmart exercise bands are designed to provide resistance in 25lb., 30 lb., or 40lb. capacities, creating a powerful recoil if the product breaks.
The Perfect Bands are rubber tubes connected through a hole and secured by grommets to cloth sewn into loops. The bands are approximately 40 inches long and have exercises described on the product packaging card and in a Workout Chart available online at the product website. The bands can be used alone or in conjunction with optional handles sold separately.
The recall consists of Perfect Bands Heavy 25 lb. capacity with UPC Code 096506310354 sold in purple, Perfect Bands Very Heavy 30 lb. capacity with UPC Code 096506310361 sold in gray, and Perfect Bands Ultra Heavy 40 lb. capacity with UPC Code 096506310378 sold in black.
The recalled bands were manufactured in China by Dalps & Leisure Products Supply Corp, No. 5, of China and imported by Implulse Footcare, LLC, of Durnham, N.C. where they were sold at WalMart and online at www.perfectonline.com for about $13 to $17.
The CPSC recommends that consumers stop using the exercise bands immediately and contact Impulse Footcare at (800) 446-7587 for a refund or replacement product.