WASHINGTON, D.C. – THE U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, IN COOPERATION WITH THE FIRM NAMED BELOW, TODAY ANNOUNCED A VOLUNTARY RECALL OF THE FOLLOWING CONSUMER PRODUCT. CONSUMERS SHOULD STOP USING RECALLED PRODUCTS IMMEDIATELY UNLESS OTHERWISE INSTRUCTED.
NAME OF PRODUCT: CYBEX TREADMILLS
UNITS: ABOUT 19,000
MANUFACTURER: CYBEX INTERNATIONAL INC., OF MEDWAY, MASS.
HAZARD: THE TREADMILLS CAN SPEED UP UNEXPECTEDLY WHILE IN USE DUE TO A MALFUNCTION WITH THE LOWER CONTROL BOARD, POSING A FALL HAZARD TO CONSUMERS.
INCIDENTS/INJURIES: CYBEX INTERNATIONAL HAS RECEIVED 24 REPORTS OF INCIDENTS INVOLVING THE TREADMILL UNEXPECTEDLY INCREASING SPEED, INCLUDING SIX REPORTS OF CONSUMERS FALLING. THREE OF THOSE INCIDENTS RESULTED IN MINOR INJURIES.
DESCRIPTION: THE RECALL INVOLVES THE CYBEX 445T, 455T, 530T, 450T, 500T, 515T, AND 520T TREADMILL MODELS. THE TREADMILLS ARE BLACK AND GRAY WITH RECTANGULAR UPRIGHTS. THE 530T STYLE TREADMILL IS 81 INCHES LONG BY 32 INCHES WIDE. THE 445T STYLE TREADMILL IS 72 INCHES LONG BY 32 INCHES WIDE. THE TREADMILLS HAVE A DISPLAY PANEL ON A CONSOLE AS WIDE AS THE TREADMILL. “CYBEX” AND THE MODEL NUMBER ARE WRITTEN ON THE CONSOLE.
SOLD AT: CYBEX INTERNATIONAL AND CYBEX DEALERS NATIONWIDE FROM JANUARY 2001 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2008 FOR BETWEEN $5,500 AND $7,000.
MANUFACTURED IN: UNITED STATES
REMEDY: CONSUMERS SHOULD IMMEDIATELY UNPLUG AND STOP USING THE RECALLED TREADMILLS. CONTACT CYBEX TO RECEIVE A FREE REPLACEMENT FUSE. IF REQUESTED, A CYBEX TECHNICIAN CAN INSTALL THE FUSE FREE OF CHARGE. CYBEX IS DIRECTLY CONTACTING KNOWN PURCHASERS.
CONSUMER CONTACT: FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, CONTACT CYBEX TOLL FREE AT (866) 897-9199 BETWEEN 8 A.M. AND 5 P.M. ET MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, OR VISIT THE FIRM’S WEB SITE AT WWW.CYBEXINTL.COM
I just psaehrucd this tread mill and have only used it once. My initial impression is that it is well made, fairly easy to assemble and gives you a good workout. I owned a Weslo manual tread mill previously and I also found that one to be well made and the belt moved very smoothly. My prior unit had a single very good sized fly wheel that kept the belt moving smoothly. This new unit has two flywheels each of which are smaller than my previous one but the effect is essentially the same a fairly smooth walk without the severely jerky action of tread mills without this feature. This flywheel feature was one of the most important things I looked for. This unit is the replacement unit for the previous model (Cardiostride 2.0) that, according to the attendant at Weslo Inc., is a single flywheel unit. Additionally, the belt quality seems adequate. The last one wore out but I never lubed it. I ordered Weslo’s lube kit to help keep the belt in good shape. Prior experience tells me that these belts are not cheap. The hand grips are comfortable and well placed. The base unit seems very sturdy to me (my wt. 160 lbs) but will look out for the lack of alignment and creaking with additional use as reported above. The belt moves with a reasonable amount of effort but the belt has no resistance controls. Tougher work outs are created by increasing the incline of the belt and this, by the way, is no easy adjustment. The base is difficult to hold steady to line up the pins. This, so far, is the worst feature of this unit. All in all, I am very pleased with what I see so far. I just psaehrucd this unit (9/22/10) from Weslo for $100 with free shipping, and the lube kit was also on sale for around $13.00. I may write more once I get a few miles under my belt. UPDATE: It’s now 11/24/2010, and I have 110 miles on my treadmill. I still like it very much. The major drawback for me is what an earlier reviewer said and that is, after a few miles, it starts to make a lot of squeaking/chirping noises that are really annoying. I use headphones that drown out most of the noise but I can still hear it if I specifically listen for it, even over the music I’m listening to. I would think this would not be that tough to fix. Making this improvement would make this unit almost perfect for me.