Yaghoubi vs. Icon Health & Fitness
This products liability resulted in a defense verdict. This action involved an accident in which the plaintiff was using a free-gliding exercise machine called the Weslo Easy Stride, manufactured by Icon Health & Fitness, Inc. Plaintiff claimed that while he was attempting to dismount the machine, he fell, fracturing the bones in his mouth and face and permanently removing four of his upper teeth. In addition, plaintiff asserted that he suffered from miscellaneous neurological injuries. Plaintiff claimed that product was defective due to it not having a lock for its pedals, and that the warnings affixed to the machine and contained in the user's manual were insufficient. Defendants argued that the Weslo Easy Stride was not defective and the warnings were adequate. Defendants contended that plaintiff's misuse of the Weslo Easy Stride was the sole cause of the accident. After a two-week trial, the jury, having deliberated for 45 minutes, returned a defense verdict.