The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Nike Inc. of Beaverton, Oregon,, today announced a voluntary recall of about 235,000 Football Helmet Chin Straps. The chin strap’s plastic cup can break as a result of contact, exposing the player to facial or head injuries. Nike has received 18 reports of the chin strap breaking, including two reports of concussions, two reports of facial lacerations requiring stitches, and a report of a broken nose.
The recalled football helmet chin strap consists of a plastic cup with a foam liner, straps and four metal snaps. They were sold in both youth and adult sizes and come in black/gray and white/gray color combinations. The Nike Swoosh trademark is printed on the outside of the chin cup and DRI-FIT™ is printed on the foam liner. “Made in China” and one of the following four style numbers is printed on the inside of the strap: FA0016 046, FA0016 130, FA0021 046, or FA0021 130.
They were sold at sporting good stores nationwide and on the firm’s Web site www.Nike.com from April 2006 through October 2007 for about $20.
Manufactured in China, consumers should stop using the chin strap immediately and contact Nike for a product voucher redeemable at http://www.nikestore.com/ For additional information, contact Nike toll-free at 888-583-6453 between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. Pacific time Monday through Friday, or visit http://www.nikebiz.com/