A woman bought a massage belt unit to lose weight. She used the machine uneventfully for some months, and then she had to have the unit replaced by an identical unit because of a defect in the motor.


She used the replacement for over a year, when one day the belt strap which was placed around her hips snapped and she was thrown to the floor five feet away from the machine. The plaintiff suffered injury to her back and wrist. The use of unreinforced plastic loops was the basis for settlement based on improper design and material selection.