About 4,169 Ab Straps exercise equipment from Harbinger Fitness, of Fairfield, CA are being recalled. The plastic buckle on the ab straps can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

There were two reported incidents of straps
breaking. Both incidents resulted in lacerations to consumers heads and
necks, according to a statement from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The recalled product is a set of Harbinger Ab Straps, style 371100 that are hung from an overhead structure. The product consists of two 17.5 inch long straps made of black nylon webbing with padded nylon arm slings and plastic buckles. Users place their arms in the slings to lift themselves to do abdominal exercises. The word “Harbinger” appears on the outer side of one ab strap. Universal Product Code (UPC) 000751510964 is on the bottom flap of the packaging of the affected ab straps. The style number does not appear on the product or the product’s packaging.

The items were sold online at Bodybuilding.com and Amazon.com, and at Second Wind Fitness, Play It Again Sports, Advantis Nutrition, and other general sporting goods and fitness specialty stores nationwide from August 2006 to April 2011 for about $20.

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Harbinger for a free replacement.vFor additional information, please contact Harbinger customer service at (800) 729-5954 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to noon PT on Friday, visit the firm’s website at www.harbingerfitness.com (pdf) or e-mail the firm at custserv@harbingerfitness.com