About 565 Weight Workbenches have been recalled by Powertec, Inc., of Long Beach, Calif. The weld on the backrest adjustment brackets of the weight workbench can break, posing an injury hazard to consumers. Powertec is aware of one incident involving a minor injury. The recalled workbenches are free-standing and typically used for free weight workouts. They have black, square tube, steel bases with a jet black, vinyl, adjustable bench seat and backrest. “Powertec” is embossed on the backrest pad and printed on a sticker located on the upright or the base frame of the workbench. The model name and number are located on the product’s packaging.

The workbenches were sold at Specialty fitness stores nationwide and online at www.powertecfitness.com from September 2011 to May 2012 for between $299 and $549. Consumers should immediately stop using the product until they order and install a free safety retrofit repair kit. Consumers can also return the product for a full refund. To order the free repair kit or for instructions on receiving a full refund, contact Powertec toll-free at (877) 525-5710 any time, send an e-mail to Info@PowertecFitness.com, or visit Powertec’s website at www.PowertecFitness.com and click on Important Safety Notice.

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