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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
July 1, 1992
Release # 92-111

Aviva Sports Voluntarily Recalls Sound Swing Bat

PRODUCT: Aviva Sports' 27-inch "Sound Swing" baseball bat. The bat is lightweight with a foam exterior, and mimics the cracking sound of hitting a home run when swung properly.

PROBLEM: The plastic end cap and sound maker inside the end cap may separate from the bat during use and strike a bystander.

WHAT TO DO: Discontinue use immediately and return Sound Swing bat to place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers may also return bat by mail. Call 1-800-524-0571 for more information.

WASHINGTON, DC -- Aviva Sports, Inc. of San Francisco, CA, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is voluntarily recalling its Sound Swing Bat, model No. 31500. The plastic end cap and internal noisemaker may separate from the bat during use and strike a bystander.

The Sound Swing 27-inch baseball bat mimics the cracking sound of hitting a home run when swung properly. The bat is lightweight and has a foam exterior. The bats are sold with and designed for use with an Aviva foam rubber ball. The sound is produced by a noisemaker (located in the end of the bat) that strikes against the plastic end cap when swung properly. With repeated use, the cap and noisemaker may separate from the bat, posing a possible projectile hazard.

CPSC was informed of this potential hazard by Aviva Sports as a result of 14 reported incidents with no injuries. Although no product failures were found in standard safety testing conducted by an independent certified laboratory, Aviva Sports is taking this action because of its concern for potential injury.

Approximately 125,000 Sound Swing Bats have been sold nationwide since the product's introduction this year. The bat and attached ball sell for approximately $13.00 each.

Owners of all Sound Swing bats should stop use immediately and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers may also mail the bat back to Aviva Sports for a full refund plus reimbursement for postage. If the bat is returned by mail, in addition to the full refund and postage reimbursement, Aviva is offering a $2.00 discount coupon toward the purchase of any Aviva product. Consumers may return the bats to: Nancy Nelson, Aviva Sports, Inc., 15930 E. Valley Blvd., City of Industry, CA 91744. For further information about this voluntary recall, consumers may call Aviva Sports toll free at: 1-800-524-0571.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is joining Aviva Sports in announcing this recall as part of its mission to protect the public from possible injury.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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