Cybex International of Medway, Mass., is recalling about 4,400 arm curl machines.
The swivel handles can break off from the frame causing users to hit themselves in the face or head, posing an impact injury hazard.
The firm has received 108 reports of incidents, including 12 reports of injury to users. One injury involved loss of sight to one eye.
This recall involves four models of exercise machines that allow consumers to use the resistance from the selected weight to perform bicep curls. The user sits on an adjustable seat, selects the amount of weight, and grabs the swivel handles to perform a curl motion towards them.
The recall affects the VR2, VR2TA, Eagle, and the VR3 models with the following serial numbers:
The serial number is located on the frame tube of the weight stack by the floor. Cybex and the model name are printed on the top of the machine.
The machines, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Cybex or its distributors directly to gyms from November 1996, through October 2008, for between $3,700 and $4,200.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled product and contact the firm for a free repair kit. Cybex is contacting purchasers of the recalled arm curl machines directly.
Consumers may contact Cybex International toll-free at 888-678-3846 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or online at www.cybexintl.com and click on Support, followed by Service and then Recalls for more information.