Johnson Health Tech, the Cottage Grove, WI-based company that manufactures brands such as Matrix Fitness, is recalling Matrix Fitness trainers and ellipticals that pose a fire hazard.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall last week. About 2,800 Ascent Trainers by Matrix and Matrix Fitness elliptical units that were installed from November 2011 through December 2012 are being recalled. The products were manufactured in Taiwan.
According to the CPSC report, moisture from user perspiration or cleaning liquids can build up in the power socket on the unit, causing a short circuit, which poses the fire hazard. Johnson Health Tech has reported 44 incidents of sparking, smoking, charring and/or melting at the power cord and socket. One report had the power socket and cord catching fire, but no injuries have been reported.
The machines involved in the recall have a decal at the center or bottom of the units with model numbers beginning with A3x, A5x, A7x, E3x, E5x or E7x. Club operators who have these products are urged to unplug them and call Johnson Health Tech at 1-800-962-3596 to schedule a free repair.
The company tells Club Industry that 80 percent of the impacted units have been reworked and have passed extensive testing.
"Johnson Health Tech is actively working with the CPSC on a voluntary corrective action plan, including a repair process," the company said in a statement.
This is the second product recall pertaining to the fitness industry that the CPSC has announced this month. Cybex International, Medway, MA, is recalling 234 Olympic decline free weight benches manufactured from December 2008 to September 2013.