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. Our law firm is aware of at least 13 incidents involving severe hand and eye injuries, permanent vision loss, and facial fractures. Some victims have required multiple corrective surgeries.
What You Can Do & How a Target Embark Exercise Band Lawsuit Can Help
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is 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 our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
What is the Embark Exercise Band?
The Embark Exercise Band is a brand of resistance-training band 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.” 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 worldwide 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.”
Exercise Bands and Permanent Eye Injury, Vision Loss
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
Do I have a Target Embark Exercise Band Lawsuit?
The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Target Embark 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 our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call us toll-free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.
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