WASHINGTON (AP) - Nike Inc. is recalling about 235,000 football
helmet chin straps after the company received 18 reports of the
chin straps breaking, including some that resulted in concussions
and facial lacerations, a government safety group announced
Users are at risk of injury when the chin strap's plastic cup
breaks as a result of contact, exposing the player to facial or
head injuries, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
The Beaverton, Ore., company has received two reports of
concussions, two reports of facial lacerations requiring stitches,
and a report of a broken nose.
The chin straps, made in China, were sold at sporting good
stores nationwide and on Nike's Web site from April 2006 through
October 2007. They were sold in both youth and adult sizes in four
style numbers: FA0016 046, FA0016 130, FA0021 046 and FA0021 130.
For more information, consumers can call Nike at 888-583-6453 or
visit http://www.nikebiz.com or http://www.cpsc.gov.
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