The fitness bands caused contusions and cuts. That’s why 95,000 have been recalled

Fitness bands should leave the user buff, not bruised. That’s why Fit for Life recalled 95,000 SPRI Ultra Heavy Resistance Bands as an injury hazard.

The exact problem, as stated in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: “The rubber resistance bands can separate from the handle and strike consumers, posing an injury hazard.”

And that’s not an idle concern, apparently. Fit for Life knows of 10 such incidents and six times “consumers received contusions, abrasions and lacerations.”

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

This recall covers model No. 02-71669, a number found on the packaging bottom. These were sold at Walmart and from August 2018 until this July. Fit for Life is offering a refund — well, a store credit — or a free replacement band.

Consumers should contact Fit for Life at 800-222-7774 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday, or email

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Since 1989, David J. Neal’s domain at the Miami Herald has expanded to include writing about Panthers (NHL and FIU), Dolphins, old school animation, food safety, fraud, naughty lawyers, bad doctors and all manner of breaking news. He drinks coladas whole. He does not work Indianapolis 500 Race Day.