Core Health & Fitness Exercise Machine Recall Issued After Dozens of Injuries

Following more than 50 reports of problems with certain exercise machines distributed throughout the United States, which have resulted in dozens of injuries, a recall has been issued by Core Health & Fitness. 

An Inspiration Cable Cross Over and Dual Adjustable Pulley exercise machine recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on July 12, indicating that at least 48 consumer complaints have bee received, indicating the height adjusting carriage assembly loosened or detached from the machine, falling on users.

To date, the CPSC is aware of at least 31 reported injuries resulting in immediate medical attention, including lacerations to the head, neck and shoulder areas that required either stitches or staples.

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The recalled exercise machines may cause serious injury in the event the pulley system’s height adjusting carriage assembly detaches. In the event of the assembly detaching, consumers could be struck on the head by the falling steel assembly.

The recall includes five styles of Inspiration Cable Cross Over and Dual Adjustable Pulley machines that are marked with the brand name “Inspiration”, “Star Trac” or “Nautilus” on the adjustable pulleys. The exercise machines are made of stainless steel and have adjustable pulleys with a single hand adjustment and a high-low cable positioning component.

The devices were manufactured in China and the United States by Core Health & Fitness and Land America Health and Fitness of Vancouver, Washington. They were distributed for sale by Core Health & Fitness to Core distributors nationwide from November 2010 through April 2017, and by Unisen distributors from 2001 to 2010 for between $2,700 and $8,400.

Recalled machines were primarily sold and installed in fitness centers and gyms across the United States. However, those with home gyms should verify if their exercise system is included within the recall.

CPSC officials are asking customers to stop using the recalled exercise machines immediately and to contact Core Health & Fitness at 800-598-8541 or visit them online at and navigate to the “Recall Alert” link for information on how to schedule a free onsite repair.


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