Ab fitness straps break causing cuts

On June 23, 2011 the Harbinger Fitness Ab Straps has been recalled.

The recalled product is a set of Harbinger Ab Straps with style number 371100. The Ab Straps are hung from an overhead structure during use. The product consists of two 44.5 centimeters (17.5 inches) long straps made of black nylon webbing with padded nylon arm slings and plastic buckles. Users place their arms in the slings to lift themselves to do abdominal exercises.

The word "Harbinger" appears on the outer side of one Ab Strap. Universal Product Code (UPC) 000751510964 is on the bottom flap of the packaging of the affected ab straps. The style number does not appear on the product or the product's packaging.
Hazard Identified

What is the danger?

The buckles can break during use, posing a fall hazard to users.

Harbinger Fitness has received two reported incidents of straps breaking. Both incidents resulted in lacerations to consumers' heads and necks.

At time of the recall Health Canada has not received any reports of injuries or incidents related to the use of these Ab Straps.

What should I do?

Consumers should immediately stop using the Ab Straps and return it to the place of purchase for a free replacement.

For more information, you may contact Harbinger Fitness at 800-729-5954 or by email, or visit the firm's website.

How many were sold and where?

Approximately 52 of the recalled Ab Straps were sold in Canada. The straps were sold from September 2008 to December 2010.

These recalled products were manufactured in China. The manufacturer is Yue Chen International, China. The distributor is Harbinger Fitness, California.