Hundreds of exercise balls are recalled because they can explode unexpectedly and cause injuries. According to an alert posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Domyos Swiss balls, manufactured by Decathlon USA, could burst while in use, posing an injury risk to the user. So far, the company has received 26 reports from around the world of balls exploding unexpectedly. Six of those incidents resulted in injuries, including fractures, bruising and scratches. None of those incidents were reported in the United States.
Details of the Recall
The affected balls were sold in blue, gray and burgundy and has one of the following model numbers: 8529175, 8529176 or 8529177. The balls measure 21.65 inches to 29.53 inches in diameter and weigh between 10.6 and 10.9 ounces. Domyos, the diameter and the weight are printed near the base of the ball.
Consumers are urged to stop using these exercise balls immediately and contact Decathlon for a refund in the form of store credit for the amount equal to the purchase price. Decathlon is contacting all known purchasers directly. Made in China, the balls were sold in Decathlon stores nationwide and online at decathlon.com from February 2019 through March 2020 for about $20.
The Danger of Exploding Stability Balls
Stability balls or exercise balls are a great way to get some exercise or maintain good posture. But, there have been many frightening reports of exploding stability balls, especially when these products are not manufactured properly. In one case, a user had to be put into a medically-induced coma after the ball he was on exploded and he landed on his chin, chest, and pelvis. This victim had to endure multiple surgeries and months of physical therapy. He also suffered permanent injuries and disabilities.
Experts say stability balls marketed as “anti-burst” are meant to slowly deflate to the floor if perforated or tested beyond their weight limit. But a cheap ball that is not “anti-burst” can pop like a balloon, increasing the potential for major injuries.
Suppose you or a loved one has suffered injuries from using these or other products. In that case, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the negligent manufacturer for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced product defect lawyer can help provide you with more information about pursuing your legal rights.