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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 13, 1995

Release # 96-039
CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Come Play Products Inc. Announce Basketball Net Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C.- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Come Play Products Company of Worcester, Mass., is announcing a recall of approximately 70,000 white nets included in its Junior Pro Basketball Sets, model 2800, sold in 1992 and 1993. If the basketball set's adjustable post is placed upside down, contrary to the instructions, a child under three can become entangled in the net and strangle.

CPSC is aware of one incident in which a child under three years old became entangled in the net and nearly strangled.

The Model 2800 Jr. Pro Basketball Set includes a black plastic base, black cardboard back board that reads "HOOP SHOT," and a white mesh net with a yellow plastic rim. The set's silver cardboard pole can be adjusted to stand up to 5.25 feet high. Kay Bee Toy & Hobby Shops sold the Jr. Pro Basketball Set nationwide between October 1992 and May 1993 for about $9.99. The toy basketball sets came unassembled in a box labeled in part, "COME PLAY ... JR. PRO BASKETBALL SET ... FOR AGES 3 UP."

Since May 1993, Come Play distributed only pink nets with smaller holes which do not pose a strangulation hazard. These pink nets are not subject to this recall. This recall involves only Jr. Pro Basketball sets with white nets.

Consumers should remove the white net and return it to Come Play Products Company, 44 Suffolk Street, Worcester, MA 01604. Come Play Products Company will mail consumers a neon pink replacement net and reimburse postage costs. For more information, consumers should call Come Play Products Company at (800) 528-3328 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST.

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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