Regent Sports Recalls Soccer Goal Nets Following Child’s Death

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Regent Sports Corporation of Hauppauge, New York, announced a recall today of the <"">MacGregor Folding Soccer Goals and Mitre Folding Soccer goals.  About 190,000 units are involved in the recall because the fixed knot flexible openings in the soccer goal net can pose a head and neck entrapment or strangulation hazard to young children.  As a matter-of-fact, Regent Sports and the CPSC have received two reports of head entanglement, including the strangulation death of a 20-month-old child who was found with his arm and neck tangled in the soccer goal net.  Consumers are alerted to immediately stop using the recalled soccer goal nets and return them to Regent Sports to arrange for Eeka free replacement net.

Both of the recalled soccer goals have a foldable white frame with a white net that is attached by Velcro strips.  When placed upright, the MacGregor goal measures six feet wide by three feet high and the Mitre net measures eight feet wide by six feet high.

Each of the goal products has a recalled net with squares measuring five inches on each side. The MacGregor soccer goal has model number 97236 printed on the assembly instructions and UPC code number 029807972365 printed on the net’s packaging. The Mitre soccer goal has model number 89186 printed on the assembly instructions and UPC code number 029807891864 printed on the net’s packaging. Nets manufactured after April 2007 with four inch by fourExTh inch square openings are not included in the recall.

The recalled MacGregor Folding Soccer Goals and Mitre Folding Soccer goals retailed for about $26 and were sold at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware, and sports and toy stores nationwide from May 2002 through May 2008.

As with many other recalled items on which we have long been reporting, the recalled MacGregor Folding Soccer Goals and Mitre Folding Soccer goals were manufactured in China.  Last year, the toy industry was besieged following over six million toy recalls, the highest number ever due to product defects; Chinese-made toys accounted for 94% of these recalls.  No surprise given that it’s vastly cheaper to purchase toys from China where the hourly wage for toy manufacturing workers in 2006 was 36 cents, which represents about 2.5% of the U.S. wage.  Many such toys remained on shelves and were sold without warning labels several times last year.  A New York statewide investigation revealed out of nearly 3,000 stores reviewed, over 600 still had recalled toys on their shelves.

For additional information, consumers contact Regent Sports at (877) 516-9707 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

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