447,000 Exercise resistant bands from Target recalled due to injury hazard

Consumer Reports News: September 09, 2011 11:08 AM

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of 447,000 exercise resistant cords from Target because the door anchor of the cord can unexpectedly release and hit the user. Target received three reports of injury, two resulting in permanent vision loss.

The exercise cords, Embark Resistance Cords and Cord Kits, have a black plastic ball attached to the door anchor, which can come loose. The exercise cords were sold at Target stores and Target.com from July 2009 through August 2011 for $10 to $20.

The resistance bands are made of green, blue or black rubber with black foam handles and a door attachment. A strap of nylon webbing is looped onto the band with a plastic ball attached or encased that serves as a door anchor. “Embark” is printed on either the black strap attached to the foam handle or on the middle of the rubber cord itself.

Style description:

  • Embark Light (tension) Resistance Cord (green)
  • Embark Medium (tension) Resistance Cord (blue)
  • Embark Heavy (tension) Resistance Cord (black)
  • Embark Resistance Cord kit (set of 3 cords in green/blue/black stored in a mesh bag)

Consumers can call Target Guest Relations at 800-440-0680 for instructions on how to repair the cords.

Target Recalls to Repair Embark Resistance Cords Due to Injury Hazard [CPSC]

Maggie Shader

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