Exercise Ball Recalled

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Fitness Balls Recalled by EB Brands due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product.

Name of Product: Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo, and Body Fit Fitness Balls
Units: About 3 million
Manufacturer: EB Brands of Yonkers, New York
Hazard: An overinflated fitness ball can unexpectedly burst while in use, causing the user to fall to the floor.
Incidents/Injuries: EB Brands has received 47 reports of fitness balls unexpectedly bursting, including reports of a fracture, and multiple bruises.
Description: This recall involves rubber fitness balls sold in 55-, 65-, and 75-cm diameter sizes. The fitness balls were sold with a pump and inflation instructions. The fitness balls were sold in various colors with the Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, or Valeo logo printed on the ball.
**Sold at:
Department stores and fitness retailers nationwide from May 2000 to February 2009 for between $15 and $30.
Remedy: Consumers should contact EB Brands to receive a copy of the updated instructions on how to safely inflate the ball.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact EB Brands at (800) 624-5671 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ebbrands.com
Manufactured in: China


What published sources tell us:

  • Exercise or fitness balls can unexpectedly burst while in use
  • This brand has received 47 reports of unexpected bursting resulting in fractures and multiple bruises.
  • A copy of the updated instructions for the ball is available at www.ebbrands.com.

What we must consider:

  • According to their website these balls have a (presumably static) rating of only 330 pounds – typically that would be a dynamic rating somewhere between 65 to 165 pounds depending on the manufacturer’s margin of safety.
  • To accommodate the range of people that such a ball will encounter, any ball purchased for exercise-only use in a YMCA should have a dynamic rating of at least 300 pounds (i.e., static rating of 600-1500 pounds). Balls used in conjunction with strenuous exercise or weights should be significantly more (dynamic rating of 500-1,100 pounds).
  • Please see RMT Exercise Balls for more information such as purchase advice, uses, and maintenance needs.
  • Purchase a quality commensurate with its planned use; mark their weight rating on them; keep them in their area.
  • Mark them with the acquisition date so they can be replaced at the end of their 12-month safe and useful lifespan.

Please call us at 800-463-8546 to discuss this or any other risk management safety tip, or visit our web site at www.redwoodsgroup.com to learn more about YMCA risk management issues.

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