CPSC, Target Recalls Embark Resistance Cords; Permanent Vision Loss Reported

09/08/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Minneapolis, MN — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Target Corporation have announced a voluntary product recall of about 447,000 Embark resistance cords and cord kits. The CPSC announced the nationwide product recall on September 8, 2011 over injury hazards the defective product poses to consumers.

The product recall was issued after discovering that a black plastic ball attached to the resistance cord’s door can suddenly release and hit the user, which poses an injury hazard to the consumers.

Three reports of consumers being hit in the eye by the door anchor ball, which resulted in permanent vision loss in two of the incidents and the severity in the third incident is unknown.

“This recall involves Embark brand individual resistance cords and cord kits listed below. The resistance bands are made of green, blue or black rubber with black foam handles and a door attachment. A strap of nylon webbing is looped onto the band with a plastic ball attached or encased that serves as a door anchor. ‘Embark’ is printed on either the black strap attached to the foam handle or on the middle of the rubber cord itself,” reported the CPSC.

The products involved in this recall includes:

• Embark Light (tension) Resistance Cord (green)

• Embark Medium (tension) Resistance Cord (blue)

• Embark Heavy (tension) Resistance Cord (black)

• Embark Resistance Cord kit (set of 3 cords in green/blue/black stored in a mesh bag

Consumers are advised to contact the company for instructions on how to repair the cords to eliminate the hazard.

For more information about the product recall, consumers can contact Target Guest Relations at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.target.com.

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