Johnson Health Tech NA has recalled over 140 of their Matrix Fitness Varsity series strength training machines. The handle attachment on the strength training machines can detach during use and hit the user with force, in addition to causing the user to lose balance and fall. This poses a risk of impact injury, laceration and fall hazards.
The company has already been made aware of two injuries, including a man who was hit and cut on the head when the handle detached and another man who fell when the handle detached on his machine. Those who own the machines are encouraged to prevent anyone from using the strength training machines and contact Johnson Health Tech North America to schedule a free repair.
This recall involves five models of the Matrix Fitness series strength training machines with chrome frames, stacked weights, overhead pulleys, and some with black or blue vinyl seats and thigh supports. Models include VY-6021 Lat Pulldown, VY-6042 Bicep/Triceps Press, VY-6046 Lat Pulldown/Low Row, VY-6099 Total Body Trainer, and the J7021 Special Order Lat Pull. “Matrix” and the model number are printed on a white sticker at the base of the machines. They are used in commercial fitness facilities such as health clubs, hotels, apartment complexes and rehabilitation centers, schools and municipal facilities. They were purchased from Johnson Health Tech North America and its fitness equipment dealers nationwide from July 2013 through October 2014 for between $3,300 and $4,000.
JHTNA Manufacturing LLC, of Milwaukee, Wis.
Johnson Health Tech North America toll-free at (866) 218-3674 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.matrixfitness.com and click on Safety Notice at the bottom of the page for more information.