310,000 Home Exercise Machines Recalled Because Of Defective Parts

WASHINGTON (AP) - An Ohio company is recalling about 310,000 exercise machines because their handles and cables can break and injure consumers.

Fitness Quest Inc., of Canton, and the Consumer Product Safety Commission have received about 400 reports of the parts breaking and 30 reports of injuries including cuts and scrapes, the agency said Thursday.

The recall involves the Total Gym 1000 (pictured, above) and the Total Gym Pro model exercisers with serial numbers DK000001 through DK129350 and numbers beginning with XO or SM. Models without serial numbers are also being recalled.

The serial number is located on the underside of the machine's glide board, which rolls on an inclined track as the user pulls hand cords or pushes at the base.

Sporting good stores, Web sites and catalogs sold this exercise machine from June 1997 through October 2001 for between $180 and $200.

Total Gym models sold on television infomercials are not included in this recall.

The government said consumers should stop using these machines.

To order a free repair kit, consumers can call Fitness Quest at (800) 321-9236 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

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