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                          Scubapro® 
          Recalls MK 20 Scuba Regulators for Service

The following product safety recall was voluntarily con-
ducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers 
should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise
instructed.

Name of Product: Scubapro® MK 20 First Stage Regulators

Manufacturer: Scubapro® USA, of El Cajon, Calif.

Hazard: Over-tightening of the Yoke or Din retainer dur-
ing annual servicing of these regulators could result in 
a stress crack and failure of the regulator. If this 
occurs during a dive, air supply could be interrupted, 
posing a drowning hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: No injuries or underwater incidents 
have been reported. Scubapro® USA has received eight 
reports of units that failed after being serviced.

Description: The recall involves first stage regulators 
that are marked with the Scubapro brand and identified 
as the MK20. 

Sold at: Authorized Scubapro® dealers nationwide from 
January 1996 through December 2001 for about $260.

Manufactured in: Italy and United States.

Remedy: Scubapro® USA has been providing a service up-
grade kit via the authorized dealer network since May 
2005 which contains a Yoke or Din retainer that 
prohibits over-tightening during annual service. Con-
sumers can easily identify if the service upgrade has 
been completed by counting the vents on the plastic 
saddle located on the regulator. If the service upgrade 
has not been completed, the consumer should bring the 
regulator to any authorized Scubapro® dealer to have 
the service upgrade completed free of charge.

Consumer Contact: For assistance in locating the near-
est authorized Scubapro® dealer or for more information, 
contact Scubapro® USA toll-free at (800) 731-6685 between 
8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or go to the 
firm’s Web site at www.scubapro-uwatec.com

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                 FreeMotion Fitness Inc.
                Recalls Exercise Machines 
         Weights Can Unexpectedly Drop, Hit Users

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission, in cooperation with the firms named below, today 
announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer 
product. Consumers should stop using recalled products 
immediately unless otherwise instructed. 

Name of Products: FreeMotion Cable Cross and Dual Cable 
Cross Exercise Machines

Distributor: FreeMotion Fitness Inc., of Colorado Springs,
Colo.

Hazard: The selector pin for the weight plates can slip 
out of its slot if the edges of the pin are worn, allow-
ing the weights to drop suddenly. Falling weight plates 
can hit consumers using the machines.

Incidents/Injuries: FreeMotion has received nine reports 
of consumers receiving contusions to the head and 
shoulders from falling weights after pins disengaged. 

Description: The recall includes FreeMotion Cable Cross 
and Dual Cable Cross Exercise Machines with model numbers 
GZFM6006 and GZFM6024. The recalled machines can be 
identified by the name Cable Cross located on the upper 
frame. The FreeMotion Cable Cross machines are used to 
exercise by pulling on cables on each side of the machine 
to raise a series of weight plates. The arms where the 
cables enter the machine can be moved through an arc using 
13 position points spaced from straight down to straight 
up. An enclosed weight stack is situated directly in front 
of the user for selection of the amount of weight to be 
raised.

Sold by: Exercise specialty stores nationwide and through 
direct sales from FreeMotion from December 1999 through 
May 2006 for between $3,750 and $4,500.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these machines and 
contact FreeMotion Fitness to receive a free repair kit.

Consumer Contact: Call FreeMotion Fitness Inc. at (800) 
201-2109 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET Monday through 
Friday.

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really thought I would use. But I decided to try it out
when we went for a walk along a trail a few weeks ago.

It was fun to use.... yes I said fun. When we would come up
to a stream, I would poke at things in it. I also used it
when I wanted to venture off the beaten path, just to make
sure that there were no snakes in front of me. Believe it or
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CPSC Welcomes Sears Holdings to Retailer Reporting Program
     System Provides Early Warning Hazard Information 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com-
mission (CPSC) announced today that after a trial period, 
Sears Holdings Corp. is now taking part in a specialized 
reporting program developed for retailers. Sears Holdings 
is the nation’s third largest broadline retailer and 
operates Sears and Kmart stores. 

“We are pleased that Sears Holdings has signed on to 
follow the reporting model,” said Acting Chairman Nancy 
Nord. “Under this program, CPSC gets a wealth of detailed 
safety information on products sold at Sears, Roebuck and 
Kmart stores. This information helps both of us identify 
possible safety hazards more quickly.” 

Under this reporting model, retailers agree to provide 
CPSC with regular weekly reports of safety-related 
information. The retailer analyzes and identifies 
incidents that involve serious injuries or hazards. The 
retailer simultaneously provides the same safety informa-
tion to the manufacturer or supplier of the product. 
Retailers will report within 24 hours to the agency if 
they learn of an incident that results in a death or if 
a product is withdrawn from the market for safety 
reasons. 

“By adopting this reporting program we can more easily 
meet our responsibilities as a retailer and better serve 
our customers to help ensure the safety of the products 
they purchase for their homes and families,” said Chris 
Brathwaite, divisional vice president, corporate public 
relations for Sears Holdings. “Our commitment to product 
safety is a longstanding and continuing priority.” 

Sears Holdings joins Wal-Mart as a participant in the 
voluntary reporting program. Wal-Mart has been par-
ticipating in the program since October 2004. 

The Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) requires manu-
facturers, importers, distributors and retailers to 
report to CPSC information about potentially hazardous 
products (15 U.S.C. § 2064(b). Generally, a firm must 
notify CPSC if it obtains information that suggests 
one of its products contains a defect that could create 
a substantial product hazard; presents an unreasonable 
risk of serious injury or death; or violates a mandatory 
standard issued under the CPSA. More information on 
reporting unsafe products is available from the CPSC’s 
Office of Compliance and Field Operations at 301-504-7913 
or at www.cpsc.gov 

About Sears Holdings Corp. 

Sears Holdings Corp. is the nation's third largest broad-
line retailer, with approximately $55 billion in annual 
revenues, and with approximately 3,800 full-line and 
specialty retail stores in the United States and Canada. 
Sears Holdings is the leading home appliance retailer as 
well as a leader in tools, lawn and garden, home 
electronics and automotive repair and maintenance. Key 
proprietary brands include Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, 
and a broad apparel offering, including such well-known 
labels as Lands' End, Jaclyn Smith and Joe Boxer, as well 
as the Apostrophe and Covington brands. It also has Martha 
Stewart Everyday products, which are offered exclusively 
in the U.S. by Kmart and in Canada by Sears Canada. The 
company is the nation's largest provider of home services,
with more than 13 million service calls made annually. For
more information, visit Sears Holdings' Web site at 
www.searsholdings.com. 

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