Monday, June 8, 2009

Stability Ball Recall

Product Recall
Workout ball can lead to a bad bounce
2:00 a.m. June 6, 2009 San Diego Union Tribune

Items: Bally Total Fitness, Everlast, Valeo and Body Fit Fitness Balls

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

How many: About 3 million.

Hazard: An overinflated fitness ball can unexpectedly burst while in use, causing the user to fall to the floor.

Sold at: Department stores and fitness retailers nationwide from May 2000 to February 2009 for between $15 and $30.

Remedy: Consumers should contact EB Brands to receive a copy of the updated instructions on how to safely inflate the ball. For more information, contact EB Brands at (800) 624-5671 between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday or at

Generally I recommend spending a little more on stability balls for a safer ball with a firmer feel. I like all SPRI ( and Balance Ball products.

Whatever type of ball you have, I recommend checking it frequently for signs of wear, and looking for "double layered" or "anti-burst" in the description. This does not guarantee that they will not puncture, but that they will instead slowly deflate instead of exploding.
Any questions? Just let me know!

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