Powertec Recalls Weight Workbenches Due to Injury Hazard

WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumers should stop using this product, which is being recalled voluntarily, unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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Recall Summary

Name of product:  Weight Workbenches

Hazard: 
The weld on the backrest adjustment brackets of the weight workbench can break, posing an injury hazard to consumers. 

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free safety retrofit repair kit. Consumers can also return the product for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: 
To order the free repair kit or for instructions on receiving a full refund, contact Powertec toll-free at (877) 525-5710 any time, send an e-mail to Info@PowertecFitness.com, or visit the firm's website at www.PowertecFitness.com and click on Important Safety Notice.

Photos are available at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml13/13096.html.

Recall Details

Units: About 565  

Description: The recalled workbenches are free-standing and typically used for free weight workouts. They have black, square tube, steel bases with a jet black, vinyl, adjustable bench seat and backrest. "Powertec" is embossed on the backrest pad and printed on a sticker located on the upright or the base frame of the workbench. Model names and numbers included in this recall are listed in the table below. The model name and number are located on the product's packaging.

Model Name

Model Number

Key Features

Workbench Multipress with Isolateral Arms

WB-MP11

Multi-press component and optional leg lift attachment

Workbench Olympic Bench

WB-OB11

Adjustable bench rack and optional leg lift attachment

Workbench Utility Bench

WB-UB11

Optional leg lift attachment

Incidents/Injuries: Powertec is aware of one incident involving a minor injury.

Sold at: Specialty fitness stores nationwide and online at www.powertecfitness.com from September 2011 to May 2012 for between $299 and $549.   

Importer: Powertec, Inc., of Long Beach, Calif.

Manufactured in: China

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.

Media Contact

Please use the phone numbers below for all media requests.
Phone: (301) 504-7908
Spanish: (301) 504-7800

CPSC Consumer Information Hotline

Contact us at this toll-free number if you have questions about a recall:
800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054)
Times: 8 a.m.5:30 p.m. ET; Messages can be left anytime
Call to get product safety and other agency information and to report unsafe products.

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products—such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals—contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC's Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing and speech impaired.  Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov.  To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission



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