WASHINGTON, D.C. - Vancouver, Wash.-based Nautilus Inc. is recalling about 78,000 Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gyms.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the gym's horizontal seat rail is designed to be latched in a vertical position for storage. If the seat rail is not manually latched, it can fall unexpectedly on the user or a bystander, posing a risk of serious injury.
Nautilus has received 18 reports of injuries caused by unlatched seat rails that have fallen, resulting in head and shoulder lacerations, some requiring stitches.
The Bowflex Ultimate 2 Home Gym was sold at specialty fitness retailers nationwide and through direct Nautilus sales from June 2005 through January 2009 for about $2,300.
Consumers may continue to use the home gyms for exercising, but should not place the seat rail in the vertical (storage) position until the repair is performed. Registered owners are being sent a free repair kit. Owners who have not received a repair kit by March 10, 2009 should contact the firm.
For additional information, contact Nautilus at (800) 259-9019 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at