January 10, 2006

LTD Commodities and The Lakeside Collection Announce Recall of Pilates Balls

Name of Product: Pilates Balls

Units: About 34,600

Distributors: LTD Commodities, of Bannockburn, Ill, and its subsidiary, The Lakeside Collection, of Lincolnshire, Ill.

Hazard: The plastic black clips at the end of the rubber tubing can come apart when in use. In addition, the grommet used to hold the black rubber tubing could separate from the nylon webbing. Consumers using the pilates balls could fall and be hit by pieces that separate.

Description: The inflatable pilates balls are blue with black handles. They are about 26-inches in diameter when inflated. They are sold with a blue air pump.

Sold by: Catalogs nationwide from August 2005 through September 1, 2005 for about $9.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these pilates balls and contact the firm to obtain instructions on how to receive free replacement handles. All consumers who purchased these Pilates balls were notified directly about the recall.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact either LTD Commodities toll-free at (866) 736-3654 or The Lakeside Collection toll-free at (866) 847-4327 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. CT, or visit their web sites at http://www.ltdcommodities.com/home/info/service/recall.asp or http://www.lakeside.com/recall.asp