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Authorities in U.S. and Canada Recall Hockey Goalie Masks After Reports of Serious Eye Injuries

Dec 29, 2015

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Bauer Hockey Corp. have issued a joint recall for Bauer hockey goalie masks with wire cages that have broken, resulting in facial and eye injuries.

The original recall was issued in March 2015, after sporting-goods company Bauer determined that there was a quality issue with some of the titanium wire used in the cages, according to CBC News. The CPSC says the recalled goalie masks and cages do not provide adequate protection in the event of impact from a puck and could pose the risk of facial or other injury to the user.

At the time of the March recall, Bauer had received a report of a titanium wire cage cracking or breaking on impact with a puck, resulting in minor facial injuries. Health Canada has recently updated the recall to say that it has received two reports of serious injuries related to use of the products. Bauer has now received 11 reports —10 in Canada and one in the United States - of breaks or cracks that resulted in two major and four minor facial injuries.

In one serious incident, Riley Akerman, an 18-year-old goaltender from Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, needed emergency eye surgery after piece of wire snapped from the cage of his mask, slicing across his nose and into his left eye, cutting off a piece of his iris, CBC News reports.

About 1,200 units sold in the United States and 1,300 units sold in Canada from April 2013 to February 2015 are included in the recall. The recalled masks and cages are:

  • Bauer Concept C1 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire
  • Bauer NME 10 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire
  • Bauer RP NME Ti Titanium Cage

The recalled masks and cages were manufactured in Thailand and China.

The Concept C1 and NME 10 goalie masks were sold in black or white with a titanium wire cage that attaches to the mask with two screws on each side of the mask. The Concept C1 mask is a Senior mask in sizes S/M and M/L. Concept C1 is printed at the top of the shell. A sticker inside the shell at the jaw also lists the model and size. The NME 10 Goal Mask is a Senior mask in sizes Fit 1, Fit 2, and Fit 3. NME10 is printed at the top of the shell. A sticker inside the shell at the jaw also lists the model and size. The RP NME Ti Titanium Cage is a replacement cage intended for the Concept C1 and NME 10 goalie masks. A side plate reads Bauer Titanium Oval Wire and RPNME Ti Sr.

The CPSC advises anyone with the recalled masks and cages to stop using the equipment immediately and contact Bauer Hockey for a free replacement wire cage and complimentary throat protector.


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