The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Tuesday a voluntary recall of about 190,000 MacGregor and Mitre folding soccer goals following the death of a 20-month-old boy, who was strangled when his head and arm became entangled in the net of one of the recalled goals.
According to the CPSC, consumers should stop using recalled products because young children can get their head or neck trapped or be strangled in the fixed knot flexible openings in the soccer goal net.
Consumers should stop using the recalled soccer goal nets immediately and return them to the distributor Regent Sports of Hauppauge, N.Y., to receive a free replacement net. The nets were sold at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware and sports and toy stores nationwide from May 2002 through May 2008 for $26.
CPSC Product Description:
Both soccer goals have a foldable white frame with a white net that is attached by Velcro strips. When upright, the MacGregor goal measures 6 feet wide by 3 feet high and the Mitre net measures 8 feet wide by 6 feet high. Each has a recalled net with squares measuring 5 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 4 inch by 4 inch square openings are not included in the recall.