Have you or a loved one been injured by a recalled product?
Every year, hundreds of products are subject to a recall because they are found to be unsafe. Toys, baby furniture, children’s jewelry, sporting equipment, food, appliances, electronics, tools, clothing, vehicles and prescription drugs all rank among the most commonly recalled products. The one characteristic each shares is that they can cause death, injury or serious illness.
Unsafe products cause an estimated 27,000 deaths and countless accidents and injuries every year. Despite this, the tally of unsafe products sold to consumers continues to rise. Since 1990, the annual number of recalls in the United States has grown 85 percent. Recalls issued by just one government agency, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, rose from 359 in 2004 to 472 in 2007.
The law firm of Gregg Harrison was involved in a litigation that represented a woman who lost her vision from a recalled product – an exercise band (see below). This injury was completely preventable if the manufacturer built a safer product. An eye cannot be replaced!
Embark Exercise Band Recall
Target stores have voluntarily recalled the Embark Exercise Band following reports in which the product’s anchor unexpectedly released, snapped toward the user, and caused a plastic ball to strike the user. The plastic ball was made just the right size to take an eye out! My law firm is aware of other incidents involving severe hand and eye injuries, permanent vision loss, and facial fractures, and we actually represented a victim of this recalled product. In our litigation, we found that the product was designed by Bell Sports, manufactured in China and sold in Target stores with the Embark/Target brand. A confidential settlement was reached in our specific case. Some victims have required multiple corrective surgeries and have incurred permanent damages. Most injuries to the eye are permanent, and vision cannot be restored.
Were you injured by a Target Embark Exercise Band?
We are currently accepting exercise band induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know was injured by a Target Embark Exercise Band, you should contact my law firm for a FREE case consultation.
What is the Embark Exercise Band?
The Embark Exercise Band is a brand of resistance training bands that is intended for at-home exercises. The bands are made of green, blue, or black rubber in light, medium, and heavy tensions. For certain exercises, users must anchor the bands using a plastic ball that is placed in a door frame. The products were sold online at Target.com and at Target retail stores for between $10 and $20 from July 2009 until August 2011.
Eye Injuries Lead to Embark Resistance Band Recall
The problem with the Embark Exercise Band is that the “black plastic ball attached to the resistance cord’s door anchor can unexpectedly release and strike the user.” One of our experts in our case told us “that ball was made the exact size to take an eye out.” After receiving three reports of users suffering injuries — including two cases of permanent vision loss — Target and the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a voluntary recall in September 2011.
Products involved in the Embark Exercise Band recall include:
- Embark Light (tension) Resistance Cord (green)
- Embark Medium (tension) Resistance Cord (blue)
- Embark Heavy (tension) Resistance Cord (black)
- Embark Resistance Cord kit (set of 3 cords in green/blue/black stored in a mesh bag)
Case Report of Exercise Band Eye Injury
One of the most severe injury reports involving the Embark Exercise Band was reported to the CPSC on March 8, 2011, by a 35 year-old woman. To read more, click here (WARNING: Graphic Images).
“During a pull-up sitting on the floor, the door opened and the ball catapulted and hit me square in the right eye. It caused a broken lower eye socket, a traumatic cataract, traumatic glaucoma, corneal damage and mydriasis. I have undergone 2 surgeries, one an implant to correct the fracture, and one cataract removal and pupil cerclage. I most likely will need to have glaucoma surgery and a corneal transplant. I am functioning well and can see decent since the surgery, but my eye is plagued by constant inflammation and general achiness. It just isn’t the same.”
The Target Embark Exercise Band has been linked to the following severe injuries:
- Hand injuries
- Eye injuries
- Permanent vision loss
- Inflammation of the eyes
- Facial fractures
- Chronic pain and discomfort
- Additional surgery (which may not correct the problem)
- And more
Have you been injured by a Target Embark Exercise Resistance Cord? Are you concerned that you have been injured by a recalled product? Call for a FREE legal consultation now!
Gregg S. Harrison, Attorney at Law, PLLC
Greater Houston/Northwest Houston Recalled Product Injury Lawyer
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