Beware Bursting Fitness Balls

Rubber fitness balls by EB Brands sold in 55-, 65- and 75-cm diameter sizes, bearing the logo of Bally Total Fitness, Everlast or Valeo, were sold with flawed inflation instructions which can lead them to explode. EB Brands

EB Brands is recalling about 3 million fitness balls - those large, inflatable balls that people use for crunches and other exercises - after getting 47 reports of fitness balls that burst because of overinflation.

Reported injuries related to the recalled fitness balls include a fracture and bruises.

The recall includes fitness balls sold in 55-, 65-, and 75-centimeter diameter sizes in various colors with the Bally Total Fitness, Everlast or Valeo logos printed on the balls, which were sold nationwide from May 2000 to February 2009 for between $15 and $30.

Don't head to the store to try to return the fitness balls.

Instead, contact EB Brands to get a copy of the updated instructions on how to safely inflate the ball.

Call EB Brands at (800) 624-5671 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time Monday through Friday or visit the company's Web site.
By Miranda Hitti
Reviewed by Louise Chang
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