Krankcycle Exercise Bike Recall Issued After Injuries

Roughly 2,200 Krankcycle exercise machines have been recalled after the manufacturer received notice of at least two incidents where the seat detached during use, resulting in consumers suffering serious injuries.  

THe Johnny G. Krankcycle exercise machine recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on July 25, after Johnson Health Tech, the manufacturer, received reports of the seat detaching from the frame during use.

One consumer reportedly suffered several broken ribs when the exercise bike seat broke, and another required back surgery due to injuries suffered.

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The Krankcycle is designed to increase upper body cardio endurance by turning the handles in a circular motion. The machines are commonly found in health clubs and physical therapy office, but have also been purchased for personal use.

The recalled exercise machines are equipped with two handles that turn in a circular motion and a detachable seat that can be removed from the frame by lifting up on it. The machines were designed in a black and silver color and have “KRANKcycle” and “Matrix” printed on the frame. They measure roughly 57 inches tall by 27 inches wide by 42 inches long.

The Krankcycle was manufactured in Taiwan under Johnson Health Tech North America of Cottage, Wisconsin and sold through Johnson Health Tech and online at various websites, including, to consumers, health clubs, military facilities, physical therapists, and public parks from January 2008 through January 2012 for between $2,200 and $2,700.

The CPSC recommends that consumers stop using the recalled Krankcycle exercise machines and contact Johnson Health Tech North America at (866) 218-3674 to schedule a free repair for a service technician to bolt the seat to the frame. They can also visit for more information.


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