Field safety notice to ripcords for treadmills built in 2014/2015

10 Dec 2015
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Almost all h/p/cosmos treadmills built in 2014 and 2015 (except for some models with safety arch) are equipped with a red ripcord and a clip (article number cos101699) that stops the running belt automatically through a magnetic switch in case a fall occurs in order to minimize the effects of the fall.

Description of the problem including the determined cause:

Almost all h/p/cosmos treadmills built in 2014 and 2015 (except for some models with safety arch) are equipped with a red ripcord and a clip (article number cos101699) that stops the running belt automatically through a magnetic switch in case a fall occurs in order to minimize the effects of the fall.
A malfunction of the ripcord has no additional fall risk, because even a properly applied and functional ripcord cannot prevent a fall!

An effective minimization of the risk of a fall can only be achieved by the use of a fall prevention, like a safety arch or a body weight support system.

For the above-mentioned model series built in 2014 and 2015 it is possible, that in exceptional cases, the red cord between the magnet and the clip may not maintain the required tensile strength. This premature aging is probably caused by intense sunlight (UV radiation).

In this context we point out that any kind of damage or wear and tear will cause safety-related functional limitations or even the loss of function. This is not only but especially valid for textiles and plastics and may be caused by strong sunlight, strong UV radiation, aggressive disinfectants, incorrect cleaning, squeezing or damage caused by sharp or pointed objects.