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August 7, 1996

Release # 96-182
CPSC: Hanna Simone
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

CPSC and CSA Announce Exercise Machine Recall for Home Repair

CPSC and CSA Announce Exercise Machine Recall for Home RepairWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), CSA Inc. of South Easton, Mass., is announcing the voluntary recall for home repair of about 300,000 E-Force Cross Trainer exercise machines. The machine's welds may crack or break, resulting in injuries to consumers.

CSA has received 54 reports of people who experienced neck, shoulder, and ankle injuries from using the exercise machines with cracked or separated welds.

The silver metal exercise machine resembles a bicycle without wheels. "E-FORCE Cross Trainer" is written on black plastic guards on both sides of the machine, beneath the seat. To operate the machine, consumers pull the handlebars, which rocks the seat forward. This safety retrofit program involves only E-Force Cross Trainers and not the E-Force Rider or E-Force Sport.

Retailers and infomercials sold the E-Force machines from March 1995 through June 1996 for about $180 to $249.

Consumers should stop using the machines immediately and call CSA, Inc. at (800) 651-8090, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Consumers should call the operator, knowing the lot number found on a permanent label by the rollers at the base of the machine behind the seat. CSA will mail a free retrofit kit for the exercise machine.

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