I recently purchased a Bowflex Ultimate Home Gym from Craigs List and had it in my basement for one day when the leg extension cable came loose and snapped back to hit my shin with so much force I thought it was broken!
This isn’t to say anything negative about Bowflex. It is actually a fine machine, but the problem was that the origional owner failed to keep track of recall alerts and did not keep his address up-to-date for Bowflex to send him replacement parts.
Now, if the previous owner had paid attention our recall news feed, he would have seen this, and perhaps would have called Nautilus / Bowflex for the replacement parts. In short, that March 2006 press release says:
Nautilus is aware of one incident in which the leg extension cable released, and one incident in which the squat attachment cable became disengaged. No injuries have been reported.
This recall involves the Bowflex Ultimate 2 home gym, which is an exercise machine equipped with pulleys, tension rods and other equipment to permit the user to select from among a variety of exercise routines. The name “Bowflex” and the model name “Bowflex Ultimate 2” are on the front of the lat tower and the sides of the main upright frame structure.
Owners are being sent a free kit, including a pulley bracket and a cable retainer assembly. Each of these items can be easily installed with a small tool that is included in the kit. Consumers should stop using the leg extension, squat attachment or abdominal attachment until the kit is installed.
For more information, contact Nautilus at (800) 413-3121 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
Oh well… I’ll have a lump on my shin, but other than that things could be worse.