Nautilus recalls Bowflex dumbbells

Weight selector dial can fail; 3 reports of injuries received

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Vancouver-based Nautilus Inc. has agreed to voluntary recall its Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Dumbbells, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported this week.

The commission said that the product's weight selector dial can fail, causing weight plates to fall when the dumbbell is lifted from its cradle, which poses an injury hazard. Nautilus said it has received 16 reports of the weight selector dial failing, including three reports of injuries to the user's foot or leg.

The product, manufactured in China, was sold at sporting goods stores, Nautilus.com and other online retailers from May 2011 through August 2011, at a price of about $600. The company says about 17,000 units were sold.

The black steel dumbbells were sold in pairs and can have a weight capacity of 10 to 90 pounds. The word "BOWFLEX" is written in gray along the top of each handle. A selector dial on each end of the cradle lists weights in red, starting at 10 and increasing in increments of five. The red Bowflex logo is at the center of the dial.

The recall involves units with a date-of-manufacture code in the serial number in the range of 1111 through 1136. The date code is the four-digit code following the letters "MAG" in the serial number. The serial number is on a white label on the bottom of the cradle. Dumbbells with a black dot on the inside portion of the weight selector dial are not affected by this recall.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission advises consumers to stop using the recalled dumbbells and contact Nautilus for a free repair kit. Additional information is available by contacting Nautilus Inc. toll-free at 1-800-416-7271 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by visiting the firm's website at http://www.bowflex.com.