WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Nautilus Direct of Vancouver, Wash., is recalling 420,000 Bowflex fitness machines after receiving reports of more than 80 injuries to exercisers.
The U.S. Consumer Production Safety Commission Thursday said Nautilus Direct had received at least 70 reports of the machine's backboard bench unexpectedly collapsing and breaking, and 18 reports of the "Lat Tower" rotating forward and falling during use.
At least 59 people reported back, neck and shoulder injuries when the backboard bench collapsed or broke while in the incline position.
CPSC said at least 14 people suffered back, neck, shoulder, teeth, nose and head injuries when the "Lat Tower" moved forward and fell.
Nautilus Direct recalled Bowflex Power Pro XL, XTL and XTLU fitness systems with the "Lat Tower," which attaches to the back of the bench and has the pull-down pulleys attached.
The exercise machines were made in China, Taiwan and the United States and sold nationwide in infomercials, retail and fitness stores from January 1995 through December 2003 for between $1,200 and $1,600.
Consumers can contract Nautilus Direct at 888-242-3020 or visit the company's Web site, bowflex.com, to receive a free repair kit.