The Dangers of Exercise Equipment
Exercising in the comfort of your own home is a luxury and convenience that thousands of Americans enjoy every day. Unfortunately, however, exercise equipment is sometimes responsible for injury and, in extreme cases, even death. Treadmills, stationary bicycles, and stair climbers have been identified as potentially hazardous for consumers.
If you or anyone you know was the victim of an accident involving exercise equipment, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact a Cincinnati personal injury lawyer of Stepleton Dugan, LLC by calling 513-321-7733 today for a free initial consultation.
Product Recalls and Manufacturer Liability
Although manufacturers are legally obligated to produce products that are safe for consumer use, they oftentimes fall short of their responsibilities, making them liable for accidents and injuries.
Manufacturers such as Fitness Quest Inc. issued a recall for approximately 23,000 elliptical trainers that posed a health hazard to consumers. According to reports, the crank that connected the foot platforms to the rear wheel of the machine broke easily during exercise, which could cause injury during a fall.
Exercise Machines and Children
Exercise machines also pose a threat to children’s safety. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 8,700 children under the age of 5 are injured by exercise equipment each year. Additionally, approximately 16,500 injuries to children between the ages 5 to 14 occur annually.
Even if a product meets the standards produced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, they are still required to explain potential hazards that the product may pose to children.
If you or someone you love has suffered from a defective exercise machine, or were not made aware of the hazards of exercise equipment, contact an experienced Cincinatti personal injury attorney of Stepleton Dugan, LLC for a free consultation. Call 513-321-7733 today to determine whether or not you may be eligible for compensation.