April 23, 2002
Horizon Fitness, of DeForest, Wis., is voluntarily
recalling about 5,900 treadmills. A component of the electronic control panel
can malfunction, causing the motor and walking belt to rapidly accelerate and
the user can lose balance and fall. Horizon Fitness has received 15 reports of
consumers losing their balance and falling off of the treadmill. Injuries
include cuts and abrasions.
The models included in the recall are the model year 2000/2001 Paragon, Quantum and Omega treadmills. This recall does not include any 2002 model product, which include the Omega II, Quantum II, Paragon II, and Alpine. Sporting goods stores, including Total Fitness Solutions, Fitness Warehouse and Play It Again Sports sold these treadmills nationwide from November 2000 through June 2001 for between $699 and $1099.
Consumers should stop using these treadmills immediately and contact Horizon Fitness toll-free at (866) 864-3840 or (888) 993-3199 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday to receive a repair kit and to set up an appointment to receive an in-home repair. Consumers should have their serial number available at the time of the call to determine if their unit is affected.