SKLZ Resistance Trainer Recall Issued Due to Severe Injury Risk

More than 50,000 resistance training belts have been recalled, following multiple reports involving serious blunt trauma injuries caused by the bands breaking from the harness, causing the resistance band to unexpectedly retract and hit a user or exercise partner. 

A SKLZ Recoil 350 resistance trainers recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on January 8, following at least three consumer complaints indicating the weld on the resistance trainer snapped, resulting in at least one blunt trauma wound to a lower leg, as well as reports involving puncture wounds, and a laceration.

The resistance bands are designed for users to wear as a belt, which is connected to a flexible cord and handle. The handle is held by an exercise partner who holds resistance while the person wearing the belt runs or jumps. The resistance bands pose a hazard to users due to the potential for the weld connecting the flexible cord to the belt to snap, projecting the tensioned cord back toward the partner holding the handle.

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The recall includes SKLZ Recoil 360 All-Position Resistance Trainers consisting of a belt, an 8-foot flexible cord, a safety handle, and storage bag. The belts have the brand name “SKLZ” model name printed on them followed by an arrow. Models containing the arrow marking before the “SKLZ” brand name are not included in this recall.

The resistance trainers were manufactured in China under Pro Performance Sports LLC, of Carlsbad, California. They were sold at Dicks Sporting Goods, Academy LTD, and other sporting goods and fitness stores nationwide, as well as certain catalogs and online at SKLZ.com and Amazon.com, from January 2013 through December 2014 for about $40.

The CPSC recommends that customers with recalled products stop using them immediately and contact SKLZ customer service at 877-225-7275 or visit them online at www.sklz.com and navigate to the “Product Recall: Recoil 360” link for information on how to obtain a free replacement resistance trainer for free including pre-paid shipping.

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