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|Release # 92-113
Diversified Products Corrects Megaflex
PRODUCT: Diversified Products "Megaflex Home
Exerciser" model numbers 15-7600 and 15-7500.
PROBLEM: The freely rotating middle bar on the bench press mechanism may cause a user's
foot or feet to slip off the press mechanism while doing leg presses. A user may then be
struck in the leg and injured as the press mechanism forcefully returns to the
WHAT TO DO: Consumers should discontinue performing the leg press exercise that is
outlined in the product's manual. Diversified Products is also offering a free repair kit
to hold the rotating bar in place. Consumers with questions should call 1-800-633-5730.
WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC),
Diversified Products of Opelika, AL, announces a voluntary repair program for its
"Megaflex Home Exerciser," model numbers 15-7500 and 15-7600. The exercise units
are easily identified by the label "Megaflex" printed across the top of the
included exercise bench.
The freely rotating middle bar on the bench press mechanism may cause a user's feet to
slip off the press mechanism while performing the leg press exercise. A user may then be
struck in the leg and injured as the press mechanism forcefully returns to the start
position. Consumers who own these exercisers are asked to discontinue performing the leg
press exercise that is recommended in the product's manual.
The problem was permanently corrected on units manufactured after 1991. Approximately
66,000 of the affected units were sold between February 1991 and January 1992. The units
were sold throughout the United States in retail stores at a cost of approximately
In addition to requesting that consumers abstain from performing the leg press exercise,
Diversified Products is offering to send consumers, free of charge, a repair kit that will
hold the rotating bar in place. Again, even when this kit is in place, Diversified
Products recommends that the leg press exercise not be attempted.
Consumers who would like to receive the repair kit are asked to write: Diversified
Products, P.O. Box 100, Opelika, Alabama 36803. For more information about this program,
consumers may call 1-800-633-5730.
CPSC was informed of this potential hazard and the repair kit program by Diversified
Products after the firm received several complaints from customers who had sustained
injuries while performing the leg press exercise.
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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
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