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U.S. Government Announcement: York Barbells Recalled

Yesterday the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the following press release:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2006
Release #06-243Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 358-9675
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Weightlifting Bars Recalled by York Barbell Co. After Reports of Units Breaking
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation
with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following
consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately
unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Olympic Weightlifting Bars

Units: About 3,300

Manufacturer: York Barbell Company Inc., of York, Pa.

Hazard: Due to a defect in the sleeve mechanism, the bar can break under the
pressure of significant weight, which could injure consumers and by-standers.
Incidents/Injuries: York Barbell has received two reports of bars breaking under
the pressure of significant weight. No injuries have been reported.

Description and Models: This recall involves all 7' Int'l Hard Chrome 1000 lb.
and 1500 lb. test Olympic bars with model number 32012 and 32013, 7' Int'l Black
Oxide 1000 lb. and 1500 lb. test Olympic bars with model number 32020 and 32021,
7' International Men's Olympic Needle-bearing bars with model number 32010 and 6
' International Women's Olympic Needle-bearing bars with model number 32011.
The bars have split sleeves and YORK is printed on the sleeve assemblies of each
bar.

Sold at: Fitness wholesalers and retailers nationwide from November 2005 through
July 2006 for between $200 and $500.

Manufactured In: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled bars immediately and return
them to York Barbell for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact York Barbell Co. at (800)
358-9675 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the
company's Web site at www.yorkbarbell.com

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