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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 1999

Release # 99-113
CONTACT: Yolanda Fultz-Morris
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1219

Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. Inc. Recalls Softball Bats

Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. Inc. Recalls Softball BatsWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Rawlings Sporting Goods Co. Inc., of St. Louis, Mo., is voluntarily recalling about 45,000 slow-pitch softball bats. The tops of the bats can shear off during use, posing an injury hazard to batters and bystanders.

CPSC and Rawlings have received 16 reports of the top of the bats shearing off. No injuries have been reported.

The bats subject to this recall are Rawlings slow-pitch aluminum softball bats with model numbers SBZ2, SBZ3, SBZ4, SBB3, SBB4, SBB5, SBB6, SBB7, SPT-PK2, and DUAL-E. "Rawlings" and the model numbers can be found on the barrel of each bat. The bats are adult sized, and come in various colors.

Major retailers, including Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart, and sporting goods stores nationwide sold the bats from September 1997 through May 1999 for between $40 and $200.

Consumers should stop using the recalled bats immediately and call Rawlings at (800) 367-3455 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday for instructions on returning the bats for a refund. Consumers also can write to Rawlings at P.O. Box 22000, St. Louis, Mo., 63126.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from 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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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