- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota man who claims he was permanently injured by an exercise ball that burst is suing the product’s manufacturer for negligence.

Darold Borman, 70, of Sioux Falls, is seeking unspecified damages from Easton Bell Sports of Van Nuys, Calif., the Argus Leader newspaper reported (http://argusne.ws/1r2dqpT ).

The company did not immediately file a response to the lawsuit in U.S. District Court, and spokeswoman Erin Griffin said the company doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

Borman claims in his lawsuit that the exercise ball he used during a workout session in June 2011 burst and toppled him to the floor, leaving him temporarily unable to use his arms and legs. He said he has had multiple surgeries, endured months of physical therapy and was forced to remodel his home to accommodate his physical limitations.

The complaint comes less than two years after an Italian manufacturer settled a lawsuit with NBA star Francisco Garcia and his former team, the Sacramento Kings, in a similar case. The Ledraplastic company paid an undisclosed amount to Garcia and the Kings and put warnings on its products telling consumers not to use free weights during stability ball exercises.

Another company, EB Brands of Yonkers, N.Y., recalled 3 million stability balls in 2009 after receiving 47 complaints from consumers about explosions of balls marketed as “anti-burst.”

Rick Kaselj, an exercise physiologist based in Vancouver, Canada, said consumers need to be aware that stability balls can be great exercise tools but that safety is not guaranteed.

“If it’s a cheap ball that’s not anti-burst, it can just pop like a balloon,” he said.

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Information from: Argus Leader, http://www.argusleader.com

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