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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
June 28, 1990 (301) 504-0580
Release # 90-117

Spring Exercisers Recalled: Breaking Springs, Clips are Hazard

Update with New Contact Number

WASHINGTON, DC--In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Harrison-Hoge Industries Inc., of New York, NY announces a recall of the New Gym "Stomach Eliminator" exercisers sold from 1985 to December 1989. In the majority of 62 incidents reported to the firm and CPSC, a spring, clip or footpedal of the exerciser broke during use and struck the user, which resulted in serious facial or body injury. Some 700,000 exercisers were sold nationwide through mail order and retail stores for approximately $10 to $20 each.

The "Stomach Eliminator" exercisers have three, 12-inch, black metal springs attached to a black plastic handlebar and footbar. The words, "Made in Italy" or "Brevattato" are found on the footbar, footstrap, or handlebar.

Consumers should immediately discontinue use of the New Gym "Stomach Eliminators" and call Harrison-Hoge at 1-800-852-0925, Mon - Fri 8:30 to 4:30 Eastern Time. Harrison-Hoge is offering a $15 refund or a $20 credit toward other Harrison-Hoge products. To obtain the refund or credit, customers must send back the handlebar as proof of purchase to Harrison-Hoge Industries, Inc., 200 Wilson Street, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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