March 28, 2002Lifetime Products and Escalade Sports
Have Recalled Portable Basketball Hoops
- Lifetime Products Inc. has recalled
about 1.7 million
portable basketball hoops. There are about 1.7 million Lifetime portable
basketball hoops and about 16,000 Escalade Sports basketball hoops being
recalled. The basketball hoops may have a sharp protruding bolt on the
players' side of the pole that can cause serious leg or body lacerations to
consumers when the bolt is exposed.
CPSC and Lifetime Products Inc. have received 27 reports of injuries and
Escalade Sports has received one report of injury from the basketball hoop
bolt. Injuries include scrapes, deep lacerations and bruises. Several
consumers required stitches for their injuries. Players have been cut when
they bump into the pole as they drive toward the basket.
All Lifetime portable basketball system models, except the "Quick Court" are
included in the recall. The Escalade Sports basketball hoop models included
in the recall are the Harvard, The Big Easy, B3100, B3301, B3302, B3303,
B3304, B3305, B3306, B3403, B3500, Spalding, The Big Easy B3402 and Apex
B9995, Mini Court, Alley Court.
These portable basketball hoops come unassembled with a flat plastic base
that is weighted down by either sand or water that is added during assembly.
The basketball poles are made of black metal. The brand names or model names
may appear on the backboard, main pole or the flat plastic base of the
Sporting good, department and toy stores including Wal-Mart, Kmart, Target
and Toys R Us nationwide sold the Lifetime basketball hoops between January
1994 and July 2000 and the Escalade Sports basketball hoops between March
1994 and December 2001 for between $80 and $500.
Consumers should stop using the basketball hoops immediately and contact
Lifetime Products or Escalade Sports to receive free cap nuts to cover the
bolts. Consumers should call and get a cap nut regardless of whether their
bolt protrudes or not. Consumers can contact Lifetime Products Inc. at (800)
225-3865 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT or 9 a.m and 6 p.m CT Monday through
Friday or the firm's web site at www.lifetime.com. Escalade Sports can be
reached at (800) 467-1397 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday
or the firm's web site at www.escaladesports.com.