Magnum and Matrix Fitness Tower Recall Issued Due to Injury Risk
Following reports of plastic connectors breaking and at least one injury, more than 1,100 strength training towers are being recalled due to design defects that may pose a serious risk for users.
A Magnum and Matrix fitness strength training towers recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on April 25, following at least three reports where the plastic connectors slid out or broke, allowing the towers to fall.
At least one user suffered a laceration near the eye socket, and federal safety regulators indicate that continued use of the exercise equipment may pose a risk of serious injury.
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The recall involves all Magnum and Matrix Fitness 900 Pro Series multi-station strength training towers, which are equipped with an adjustable pulley, dual adjustable pulley, triceps push down and bicep and triceps pull down options.
The exercise machines were sold in various configurations, as either an entire set with all three stations or individually. The towers have the words “Magnum” or “Matrix” printed on a label at the base of each unit above the serial number. All serial numbers of Magnum and Matrix strength training stations are included in this recall.
The fitness towers are primarily used at commercial fitness facilities and municipal facilities, such as health clubs, hotels, apartment complexes, schools, and rehabilitation centers.
The towers were manufactured in the U.S. under Northland Industries Inc. d/b/a Magnum Fitness Systems of Milwaukee and JHTNA Manufacturing LLC, of Milwaukee were they were sold at Magnum Fitness and Johnson Health Tech North America and their dealers nationwide. The Magnum towers were sold from December 2008 through July 2013 and the Matrix Fitness towers were sold from July 2013 through November 2013 for between $1,800 and $3,800 depending on the type of tower station combination.
The CPSC recommends that customers with recalled fitness stations discontinue use of the machines and prevent people from accessing them. Customers should contact Johnson Health Tech North America at 866-218-3674 or visit them online at matrixfitness.com and navigate to the Safety Notice link for information on how to receive a free repair.
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