Cybex has recalled about 15,000 of its Smith Press plate-loaded weight-lifting equipment after 27 reports of injuries including spinal fractures and paralysis. According to an alert issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the weight bar in these machines can fall posing serious injury hazards to the user. Consumers are asked to immediately stop using the weight lifting equipment and contact Cybex for instructions regarding how to receive a free repair for model 5341 or a credit or refund for model 5340. The company is contacting all known purchasers regarding this recall.
Details of the Recall
The recall involves Cybex Smith Press model 5340 manufactured and distributed from 1989 through 1993 and model 5341 made and distributed from 1993 to 2009. The models have a weight bar seated between two parallel vertical tracks on latch pins. The weight bar can be moved up and down to perform upper body and lower body exercises.
This equipment is primarily used in gyms and fitness facilities. The weight bar was sold with the Smith Press and the weights were sold separately. The model number is printed on the base of the frame of the equipment. Anyone with questions is asked to contact Cybex toll-free at 877-423-3253.
Spinal Cord Fractures
According to news reports, this defective equipment has caused spinal cord fractures that have resulted in paralysis. Spinal cord fractures are much different injuries compared to a broken arm or leg. A fracture or dislocation of a vertebra could cause bone fragments to pinch and damage the spinal nerves or spinal cord. A majority of these accidents occur as a result of car accidents and slip-and-fall accidents.
Depending on the severity of the injuries, individuals may have trouble walking or may be unable to move their arms or legs. In other words, they may become paralyzed. Severe fractures may require surgery to realign the bones. The symptoms of a spinal fracture may vary depending on the location and severity of the injury. They may include back or neck pain, numbness, tingling, muscle spasms, weakness, bowel or bladder changes and paralysis.
If You Have Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a spinal injury caused by these defective equipment, you may be able to seek compensation from the product manufacturer by filing a product liability lawsuit. Victims may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, loss of income, cost of surgery, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, loss of earning capacity, and past and future pain and suffering. An experienced product defect lawyer can provide more information regarding your legal rights and options.