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The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide Recall of the Week: Fitness balls by EB Brands

About 3 million Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo, and Body Fit fitness balls are being recalled, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

09196b Manufactured by EB Brands, of Yonkers, New York, the fitness balls, if overinflated, can unexpectedly burst while in use, causing the user to fall to the floor.

EB Brands has received 47 reports of fitness balls unexpectedly bursting, including reports of a fracture and multiple bruises.

The recall involves rubber fitness balls sold in 55-, 65-, and 75-cm diameter sizes. The fitness balls were sold with a pump and inflation instructions. The fitness balls were sold in various colors with the Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, or Valeo logo printed on the ball.

Manufactured in China, the fitness balls were sold at department stores and fitness retailers nationwide from May 2000 to February 2009 for between $15 and $30.

Consumers should contact EB Brands to receive a copy of the updated instructions on how to safely inflate the ball, the commission advises.

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For additional information, contact EB Brands at 800-624-5671 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.ebbrands.com.

For information on other recent recalls, visit www.Recalls.gov.

Copyright 2009, Rita R. Robison

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