April 27, 1998
Release # 98-100
|CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC, Schutt Manufacturing Co. Announce Recall of
Baseball and Softball Training Aids
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Schutt
Manufacturing Co., of Litchfield, Ill., is announcing the recall of about 12,000 Baseball
Striker and Softball Striker batting aids. During normal use, the ball can become
separated from its cable when struck with a bat, and cause serious injuries to users and
Schutt Manufacturing Co. has received three reports of injuries, including one serious eye
The Baseball Striker and Softball Striker are hitting training devices which are used for
a batter's warm-up. It is made up of an metal extending arm with a cable that has a molded
polyurethane baseball or softball hanging from the end. The device is mounted to a
chain-link fence. When the batter hits the ball, it is designed to rotate in a circle on
the cable around the extending arm.
The Baseball Strikers and Softball Striker were produced by Hollywood Bases during January
1994 through September 1996 and produced by Schutt Manufacturing Co. during September 1996
through April 1998. Both versions look similar, except the Hollywood Bases models have
painted rather than plated extending arms and the different company names are identified
on the products.
Large sporting goods chains and small sporting goods stores nationwide sold the Baseball
Striker and Softball Striker from January 1994 to April 1998 for approximately $50 to $70.
Consumers should immediately stop using the Baseball Striker and Softball Striker and
return them to the sporting goods store where purchased for a refund. For more
information, call Schutt Manufacturing Co. at (888) 325-3978 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CDT
Monday through Friday, or write the company at Schutt Manufacturing Company, 610 South
Industrial Drive, Litchfield, IL 62056.
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,
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