October 2, 2012 — The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) and Fitness Anywhere, LLC are voluntarily recalling about 40,000 early models of the TRX Suspension Trainer. The “Processional” and “Tactical” models were manufactured with a defective strap length-adjustment buckle, which can break and cause a fall injury. Fitness Anywhere has received 570 reports of the buckles breaking, 82 reports of people falling, and 13 injury reports from people who suffered fall injuries to the head, face, shoulder, and hip.
The recalled TRX suspension trainers were called “Professional” (P1) or “Tactical” (T1). They were manufactured between January 2006 and July 2007, and sold at health and fitness stores for about $150-200 until December 2009.
The TRX suspension trainer is a “Y”-shaped device. At the junction, the newer models have a “locking loop,” which prevents slippage of the straps. The older models of the suspension trainer lack this safety loop. If the strap length-adjustment buckles break on the older models, a person using the device could be seriously injured.
Fitness Anywhere recommends that customers immediately stop using the product. They should contact the company for a replacement of their TRX Suspension Trainer device. Customers must gain authorization before they can return the device.
A suspension trainer is a workout device that uses a system of ropes and webbing to allow the user to perform training and bodyweight exercises. The device is marketed as a way to simultaneously develop core muscle strength, balance, flexibility, and joint stability as a way to reduce injuries. However, critics of the device contend that most people lack the strength and stability to use the device safely and effectively.
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