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Perfect Fitness Pays $425,000 Penalty For Hazardous Equipment

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that Perfect Fitness has agreed to pay $425,000 civil penalty in a case where staff members alleged the company failed to report to CPSC immediately about a defect with Perfect Pullup exercise equipment in which the handles of the product break during use, resulting in a fall hazard for users.

CPSC alleges that Perfect Fitness knew in June 2008 that the equipment handles were defective after receiving a complaint and a high number of product returns. The company redesigned the handles in July 2008. Perfect Fitness allegedly knew of at least 23 injuries caused by the defective product, and told consumers about the “inferior” handles and the potential for an accident.

However, the firm did not reported the defect to the CPSC until December 2010, by which time the company received at least 48 complaints and over 2,000 requests for replacements.

The company and CPSC issued a recall for nearly 7,000 Perfect Pullups in February 2011. Federal law requires manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to report to CPSC within 24 hours after obtaining information reasonably supporting the conclusion that a product contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard, creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, or violates any consumer product safety rules, or any other rule, regulation, standard, or ban enforced by the CPSC.

 

breakinglawsuitnews.com disclaimer: This article: Perfect Fitness Pays $425,000 Penalty For Hazardous Equipment was posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2011 at 8:07 pm at breakinglawsuitnews.com and is filed under Product Liability Lawsuits.

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