Product Recall: Pilates Exercise Balls
Inflatable Exercise Balls Can Come Apart, Causing Injury Risk
Jan. 13, 2006 -- Tens of thousands of Pilates exercise balls are being
recalled because of an increased risk of injury during their use.
The recall was voluntarily conducted on Jan. 10 by LTD Commodities and The
Lakeside Collection in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise
Name of Product: Pilates Balls
Units: About 34,600
Distributors: LTD Commodities of Bannockburn, Ill., and its
subsidiary, The Lakeside Collection of Lincolnshire, Ill.
Hazard: The plastic black clips at the end of the rubber
tubing can come apart when in use. In addition, the grommet used to hold the
black rubber tubing could separate from the nylon webbing. Consumers using the
Pilates balls could fall and be hit by pieces that separate.
Incidents/Injuries: The firms have received four reports of
minor bodily injuries.
Description: The inflatable Pilates balls are blue with
black handles. They are about 26 inches in diameter when inflated. They are
sold with a blue air pump.
Sold by: Catalogs nationwide from August through Sept. 1,
2005, for about $9.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these
Pilates balls and contact the manufacturer to obtain instructions on how to
receive free replacement handles. All consumers who purchased these Pilates
balls were notified directly about the recall.
Consumer Contact: For additional information and a picture
of the product, visit the .
To contact the manufacturer, call either LTD Commodities toll-free at (866)
736-3654 or The Lakeside Collection toll-free at (866) 847-4327 between 7:30
a.m. and 4 p.m. CT, or visit their web sites at www.ltdcommodities.com or