Teeter Hang Ups Meet New UL Testing Standards for Inversion Tables
PUYALLUP, Wash., Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Teeter, manufacturer of inversion tables and inversion therapy products for over 30 years, announced that new safety testing and certification requirements have been implemented by UL specifically for inversion tables.
UL revised their current Standard for Safety for Massage and Exercise Machines, UL 1647, to fill a void that exists in quality testing standards for inversion tables. Though this specification is now fully operational, the option to pursue UL Listing remains voluntary. To date, Teeter offers the only inversion tables on the market to have passed these specifications.
Roger Teeter, founder and president of Teeter, says, “One inversion table may look the same as the next, but what may not be immediately obvious are vital design features for user protection and reliable function. The updated UL Listing 1647 is the safety and performance standard I’ve been advocating for in the inversion industry for over 30 years. The fact that we voluntarily submitted our products for review and they are now authorized to bear the UL mark is something to be proud of.”
UL’s standard was developed to evaluate the unique function of the inversion table and simulate “real world” use. Teeter inversion tables listed to UL 1647 and currently available to consumers include: Teeter Hang Ups EP-550, Teeter Hang Ups EP-550 Sport, Teeter Hang Ups EP-650, Teeter Hang Ups EP-850, Teeter Hang Ups EP-950, Teeter Hang Ups NXT-R, Teeter Hang Ups Contour L3, Teeter Hang Ups Contour Power, Teeter Hang Ups FitSpine System, and Teeter Hang Ups FitForm.
Why is the UL Listing important?
The disparity in product quality among inversion tables was emphasized by a 2010 report published by Dynamark Engineering, a product-testing firm that specializes in mechanical analysis and forensic engineering. Modeled after the UL 1647 safety standard, Dynamark’s performance tests were conducted on a selection of widely distributed models. In endurance and strength tests, ALL competing models experienced catastrophic failure resulting from torn or broken metal, falling far short of the UL standard. Only Teeter Hang Ups surpassed the minimum safety requirements.
Doug Edwards, owner of The Comfort Store, says, “When customers ask our sales force why we like Teeter Inversion Tables the best, we tell them, ‘Because we value quality.’ The fact that Teeter brand inversion tables are UL Listed means a lot to us because we value our customers’ safety.”
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