Core Health & Fitness of Vancouver, Wash., is recalling about 3,500 StairMaster-branded 8G Gauntlet Stepmill machines.
The steps can accelerate rapidly without input from the user, posing a fall hazard.
The firm has received reports of 52 incidents of steps accelerating unexpectedly, resulting in 12 minor injuries.
This recall involves StairMaster-branded 8G Gauntlet Stepmill machines with model numbers 9-5250 & 9-5270 sold in red, black and red/yellow. The model number is printed on the base of the unit.
The recalled machines consist of a revolving staircase and a backlit LCD console.
The date code is in the YYWW format (1816 means year 2018, week 16). The date code is the section of the serial number at digits 8 – 11. The date code range for SKU 9-5250 is from 1734 to 1823, and from 1813 to 1816 for SKU 9-5270.
Stairmaster is printed on both sides of the unit and on the shrouds.
The exercise machines, manufactured in China, were sold at Core Health & Fitness distributors nationwide from October 2017, through June 2018, for between $7,500 and $9,950.
What to do
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled exercise machines and contact Core Health & Fitness for a free repair. The firm is contacting all known purchasers directly.
Consumers may contact Core Health & Fitness at (800) 598-8541 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or online at www.corehandf.com and click on “Recall Alert” for more information.