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June 26, 1996

Release # 96-152
CPSC: Hanna Simone
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

CPSC and Irwin Sports Announce Recall of Baseball Catchers' Helmet Faceguard

CPSC and Irwin Sports Announce Recall of Baseball Catchers' Helmet FaceguardWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Irwin Sports of Toronto, Ontario, is announcing the recall of about 8,400 faceguards for model CL87 baseball catchers' combination faceguard and helmet. Adjusting the wire faceguard too low on the helmet could allow a ball to pass through the faceguard, which could lead to serious injuries to the face or head.

Irwin Sports has received two reports of facial injuries when the faceguard was misadjusted on the helmet.

The recalled faceguard is attached to either a red, navy, royal or black helmet with "Cooper - Made in Canada - CL87" printed on both sides of the helmet. The back of the helmet also has a white warning label next to the words "Little League Approved - CL87."

Sporting goods stores sold the CL87 combination helmet/faceguards nationwide from October 1995 through May 1996 for about $ 35.00 each.

Consumers should stop using the CL87 Combination helmet/faceguard immediately and return the faceguard portion to the store where it was purchased for a free wire faceguard replacement which will prevent a baseball from passing through it.

For more information, consumers should call Irwin Sports at (800) 268-1732 or write the company at Irwin Sports, 43 Hanna Avenue, Toronto, Canada, M6K 1X6.

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