Matrix Fitness has recalled nearly 20,000 treadmills after seven fires and dozens of reports of the power cord sparking, smoking, or melting.
According to an alert posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Matrix Fitness recalled about 19,900 T1 and T3 commercial treadmills that were sold to gyms and fitness centers because they pose a fire hazard.
Matrix Fitness: Seven Fires and Property Damage Reported
The recall involves several Matrix Fitness models. They include the Matrix T1x, T1xe, T3x, T3xe, and T3xh treadmill models that were sold between August 2009 and January 2020. The problem with these machines is that the power cord can come loose from the treadmill’s power socket posing a fire hazard. Matrix Fitness said it has so far received 58 reports of the treadmill’s power cord and socket sparking, smoking, or melting including seven fires, of which two caused property damage.
So far, no injuries have been reported as a result of these defective treadmills. The recalled treadmills were sold at Johnson Health Tech North America and Johnson Fitness & Wellness stores nationwide and online at MatrixFitness.com from August 2009 through October 2020 for between $3,400 and $8,900. For more information call Johnson Health Tech North America at 866-218-3674 or email [email protected].
Product Liability Issues
Manufacturers, importers, distributors, and/or retailers of products have a legal obligation to immediately report to the federal government any defective products that could create a significant risk of injury or harm to consumers. They must also report a product that fails to comply with consumer safety standards.
Defectively designed and manufactured appliances have been linked to home fires, burn injuries, smoke inhalation injuries, and even fatal fire accidents. Victims of defective appliances or machines should preserve the damaged product for a thorough inspection. They also may have it in their best interest to speak with an experienced product defect attorney who will help them pursue compensation for their losses from the at-fault manufacturer of the defective product.
In order to prove a product liability claim, plaintiffs must show that the product was defective; that the defect caused the injury or harm; they suffered injuries and/or damages; and that the defective product caused their monetary and non-economic damages (pain and suffering). A knowledgeable product defect lawyer will be able to help victims and their families compile and present evidence so they can secure maximum compensation for their losses.