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Government Recalls Soccer Goal Net

A soccer net is being recalled after the death of 20-month-old child. The recalled net contains openings that are five inches wide--wide enough for a toddler to get his head through but not wide enough that he can get it out.

The recall is being announced this morning. Here is the information:


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 516-9707
September 16, 2008 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
Release #08-FINAL CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Regent Sports Recalls Soccer Goal Nets Following Strangulation Death of a Child

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. (To access color photos of the following recalled products, see CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.)
Names of Products: MacGregor Folding Soccer Goals, Mitre Folding Soccer Goals
Units: About 190,000 units
Distributor: Regent Sports Corporation, of Hauppauge, N.Y.
Hazard: The fixed knot flexible openings in the soccer goal net can pose a head and neck entrapment or strangulation hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: Regent Sports and CPSC have received two reports of head entanglement, including the strangulation death of a 20-month-old child who was found with his arm and neck tangled in the soccer goal net.
Description: Both soccer goals have a foldable white frame with a white net that is attached by Velcro strips. When upright, the Mac Gregor goal measures 6 feet wide by 3 feet high and the Mitre net measures 8 feet wide by 6 feet high. Each has a recalled net with squares measuring 5 inches on each side. The Mac Gregor soccer goal is model number 97236 printed on the assembly instructions and UPC code number 029807972365 printed on the net's packaging. The Mitre soccer goal is model number 89186 printed on the assembly instructions and UPC code number 029807891864 printed on the net's packaging. Nets manufactured after April 2007 with 4 inch by 4 inch square openings are not included in the recall.
Sold at: Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware and sports and toy stores nationwide from May 2002 through May 2008 for $26.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled soccer goal nets immediately and return them to Regent Sports to receive a free replacement net.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Regent Sports at (800) 516-9707
Between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

By Annys Shin |  September 16, 2008; 12:18 PM ET Consumer Alerts
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