Every year, the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issues recalls for many different types and models of exercise equipment sold to home consumers and to fitness centers. The defects vary, but many are capable of causing serious personal injury to users or innocent bystanders.
Even in cases where there is no obvious defect to the original equipment, in some cases, exercise equipment may be dangerous to users because of faulty maintenance or repairs, or because vital safety features were bypassed.
Under U.S. law, manufacturers, retailers, and distributors of fitness equipment are required to report known defects in their products to the CPSC immediately. However, in many cases, these parties have failed to do so, allowing these defective products to continue being sold and used by the public, despite known dangers.
If you or someone you love has been injured by defective fitness equipment or equipment that someone else may have maintained or repaired poorly, you may have recourse to recover damages for your losses. It is important, however, that you take action as soon as possible as you have a limited amount of time to file suit.
If you would like to learn more about your rights and whether you have a case, consult an experienced Jacoby & Meyers product liability lawyer as soon as possible. He or she will review your case with you in detail and help you decide how best to move forward.