Recall of Perfect Pullup Exercise Device After Thousands Break

perfect pullup Perfect Fitness is recalling the handles on about 7,000 of its Perfect Pullup exercise devices after getting an astounding 2,200 reports of their handles cracking and breaking. The 38 complaints of resulting injuries include bruises, strains and sprains, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said.

The percentage of handles that consumers complained about represents nearly one-third of those sold -- a staggering amount. Most recalls happen after no more than a handful of complaints.

Perfect Fitness President Mark Friedman sent a statement to Consumer Ally that said the Perfect Pullups affected by the recall are but a small percentage of the total sold.But he didn't address why the company waited so long to report the problem to the government and announce the recall.

"We elected to work with the CPSC in a voluntary program to provide free replacement handles to consumers who own an early version of the Perfect Pullup," Friedman said. "The number of handles involved in this program amounts to less than 1.5% of the handles on the market. We are providing the free replacement handles to customers to allow them to continue receiving the benefits of the Perfect Pullup."

Federal law requires companies to report a potential product defect to the CPSC after the first report of a problem that could cause serious injury.

Included in the recall of the Chinese-made exercise equipment are the plastic handles on the Perfect Pullup, an adjustable-height pull-up bar that attaches to doorways via screw-in holders. The Perfect Pullup sold since January 2008 for about $90 in sporting goods stores nationwide, including Dick's Sporting Goods and Sports Authority, and through online retailers such as Amazon.com.

Consumers can spot the recalled handles because they are rectangular and have one stabilizing rib on their undersides. If you have the recalled handles, stop using the pull-up bar and call Perfect Fitness for replacement handles at (877) 974-7733 weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Time.

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