December 01, 1999Franklin Sports, Huffy Sports
and Lifetime Products Recall Toy and Youth Basketball Sets
Washington, DC (SafetyAlerts) - According to the
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Franklin Sports, Huffy Sports and Lifetime
Products are today announcing a recall to replace the nets on 900,000 toy and youth
basketball sets. Children could strangle on loops or openings in nets that come unhooked
from the rim or have knots that slide. If children put their heads into these openings,
the net can get tangled around their necks.
Franklin Sports has received one report of a
3-year-old boy getting his head and neck caught in a basketball net. Huffy Sports and
Lifetime Products have received no incident reports. No injuries have been reported.
In December 1998, Fisher Price, Little Tikes, Ohio
Art and Today's Kids recalled 10.1 million toy basketball sets to replace their nets. This
recall followed 20 reports of children under 5 getting their heads and necks caught in the
nets, including the death of an 18-month-old child.
The basketball sets with nets that need to be
replaced come in a variety of colors and include a nylon net and plastic or metal hoop
attached to a plastic, youth-sized pole. The pole is set in a plastic base and adjusts
from 3 to 6 feet high. Franklin Sports recalled basketball sets are called "Slam Dunk
Youth Basketball Set." Huffy Sports recalled basketball sets are called "Youth
One-On-One." Lifetime Products recalled basketball sets are called "Shoot
Case." The manufacturer's name is on the backboard, base or hoop of each toy. The
manufacturers will help consumers determine if the nets need to be replaced.
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Toy, sporting goods, mass merchandise and discount
department stores nationwide sold the basketball sets since 1993 for $13 to $40.
Basketball sets sold in stores today, by the participating manufacturers, have nets that
are attached securely to the rim and are not involved in this recall. In addition, nets on
full-sized portable or in-ground sets over 6 feet high are not recalled.
Consumers should immediately inspect their
basketball sets for nets that can unhook from the rim or have knots that slide.
Consumers should remove and throw away nets that
can unhook or have knots that slide. Manufacturers will send consumers new nets that
securely attach to the rim and do not have sliding knots. The basketball set can be used
without a net until the new net arrives. Consumers should not return the product to
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