HOUSTON – A Texas man’s usage of a piece of home exercise equipment intended for the upper body two years ago has resulted in a product liability lawsuit against two companies.
In the suit filed against Ontel Corp. and Academy, Ltd. in the Harris County 55th District Court on Oct. 10, Kenneth Freeman explains he sustained injuries while using the Iron Gym in late 2015.
Recent court papers show that Ontel designed, manufactured, marketed, and sold the Iron Gym, a doorframe mounted pull-up bar. Freeman reportedly purchased the product from Academy.
Per the original petition, Ontel advertised the Iron Gym does not require tools to be affixed and removed from a door frame because the system uses “leverage” to stay securely mounted.
Freeman asserts that the apparatus came loose from his door frame and caused him to fall to the ground, stating he suffered injuries to his head, neck, spine, and general body.
The suit claims Ontel previously faced legal action in response to the supposedly defective nature of the Iron Gym.
A jury trial is requested.
Attorney Ted B. Lyon, Jr. of the law firm Ted B. Lyon & Associates, P.C. in Mesquite serves as Freeman’s lead counsel.
Harris County 55th District Court Case No. 2017-67182