Under Armour Recalls Football Chin Straps Following Laceration Reports

A very large recall of about 541,000 UA Defender Chin Straps has been initiated, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The UA Defender Chin Straps were manufactured in China; imported by JR286, Inc., of Redondo Beach, California; and sold by Under Armour, Inc., of Baltimore, Maryland.

The defective UA Defender Chin Straps were sold at sporting goods stores; Under Armour outlet stores, nationwide; and at www.underarmour.com from January 2008 through September 2011. The recalled UA Defender Chin Straps retail for about $20.

The metal snap that connects the UA Defender Chin Strap to the helmet is constructed with sharp edges that pose a laceration hazard when the user’s metal snap comes into contact with another player.

To date, Under Armour has received six reports of injuries that required stitches.

This recall involves all UA Defender Chin Straps that were sold in white and black, red, midnight, navy, and royal. The UA Defender Chin Strap has a hard nylon shell, a padded chin area, and a plastic strap. The words “Under Armour” are printed on the strap portion; the chin straps are constructed with metal clasps that tighten the straps and attach them to the helmet.

The firm is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled UA Defender Chin Straps and contact Under Armour for a free replacement chin strap. Under Armour can be reached, toll-free, at 1.888.823.0343 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s website at www.underarmour.com.

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