Lead Paint Violation Prompts Hockey Stick Recall

Bauer Hockey Inc. of Greenland, New Hampshire is issuing a large recall of its Youth and Junior Hockey Sticks, Shafts, and Blades due to violation of the <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/lead_paint_poisoning">lead paint standard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC). The recall involves 67,000 Youth and Junior Hockey Sticks, Shafts, and Blades in the United States and 60,000 in Canada

The paint and decals on the sticks, shafts, and blades contain excessive levels of lead, violating the federal lead paint standard. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported; however, the effects of lead exposure and poisoning sometimes take time to become obvious.

The following hockey sticks, shafts and blades are involved in the recall:

• Nike Bauer Supreme One50 Junior Stick and Nike Bauer Supreme One90 Youth and Junior Stick: Sticks, shafts, and replacement blades, sold in the U.S. and Canada.

• Nike Bauer Supreme One70 Junior Stick, Bauer Supreme One75 Junior Stick, Nike Bauer Vapor XVI Junior Stick, and Bauer Vapor XX Junior Stick: Player stick, sold in the U.S. and Canada.

• Nike Bauer Supreme One75 Junior Stick and Nike Bauer Vapor XX Junior Stick: Player and goalie sticks, sold in the U.S. and Canada.

• Nike Bauer Apollo Junior Stick and Nike Bauer Supreme Force Junior Stick: Player stick, sold in the U.S.

• Nike Bauer Supreme Accel Junior Stick, Nike Bauer Supreme One40 Junior Stick, and Nike Bauer Supreme OneLTX Junior Stick: Player stick, sold in Canada.

The hockey and goalie sticks, shafts, and blades come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. The name “Bauer” and the model descriptions are located on all of the sticks, shafts, and blades. Most of the sticks also have the Nike symbol. Junior player sticks and replacement shafts are each identified by the markings “JUNIOR,” “52 Flex,” or “JUNIOR Flex 52.” Youth player sticks are identified by the marking “YOUTH Flex 42″ or “YTH Flex 42.” These markings appear on all models on the narrow side of the stick shaft either near the top of the stick or near the blade.

Junior replacement blades fit only the Junior sticks and are identified by the markings “P92″ or “PM9″ followed by “JR”, which appear on the narrow side of the blade near where the shaft and blade are joined. Junior goal sticks are identified by the markings “P31 – JR – 22 ½” or “P31 JUNIOR – FLEX 52 – 22 ½” which appear on the narrow side of the stick shaft near the top of the stick.

The recalled Youth and Junior Hockey Sticks, Shafts, and Blades, which were manufactured in China (a country long associated with recalled items being imported into this country, often over violation of the lead standard), were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide from February 2005 through March 2010 for about $80 to $200 for sticks, $30 for blades, and $40 to $90 for shafts,

The CPSC and HC are advising consumers to take the recalled sticks, shafts, and blades away from children immediately and contact Bauer for a replacement or refund. Bauer can be reached toll-free at (888) 734-0443 between 8:00 a.m. and midnight Eastern Time, Sunday through Saturday or visit the company’s Web site at www.bauer.com

A known neurotoxin, lead exposure can cause brain and nervous system damage in children and fetuses, behavioral and learning problems, slowed growth, hearing problems, headaches, mental and physical retardation, and behavioral and other health problems. Of particular concern is the developing brain because negative influences can have long-lasting effects and can continue well into puberty and beyond. Lead is known to cause cancer and reproductive harm and, in adults, can damage the nervous system. In high doses, lead poisoning can cause seizure, coma, and death.

Once poisoned by lead, no organ system is immune; experts agree that there is no safe level of lead.

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