August 23, 2006

Weightlifting Bars Recalled by York Barbell Co. 

Name of Product: Olympic Weightlifting Bars

Units: About 3,300

Manufacturer: York Barbell Company Inc., of York, Pa.

Hazard: Due to a defect in the sleeve mechanism, the bar can break under the pressure of significant weight, which could injure consumers and by-standers.

Description and Models: This recall involves all 7í Intíl Hard Chrome 1000 lb. and 1500 lb. test Olympic bars with model number 32012 and 32013, 7í Intíl Black Oxide 1000 lb. and 1500 lb. test Olympic bars with model number 32020 and 32021, 7í International Menís Olympic Needle-bearing bars with model number 32010 and 6 Ĺí International Womenís Olympic Needle-bearing bars with model number 32011. The bars have split sleeves and YORK is printed on the sleeve assemblies of each bar.

Sold at: Fitness wholesalers and retailers nationwide from November 2005 through July 2006 for between $200 and $500.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled bars immediately and return them to York Barbell for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact York Barbell Co. at (800) 358-9675 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the companyís Web site at www.yorkbarbell.com