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Russell Brands Recalls Spalding In-Ground Basketball Hoops Due to Impact Hazard

Aug 5, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
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Russell Brands LLC, of Alexander City, Alabama just recalled about 1,700 Spalding In-Ground Basketball Hoops due to impact hazard, announced the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The Spalding In-Ground Basketball Hoops, which were manufactured in China, were recalled because the bolts at the base can fail, causing the unit to fall, posing a risk of serious injury to consumers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported. The recalled Spalding Hoops were sold at MC Sports, Academy Sports, Dunham’s Sports, and other sporting goods stores nationwide for between $600 and $1,700.

The Spalding In-Ground Basketball Hoops have a supporting pole and a clear backboard. All recalled hoops were sold from January 2009 through July 2009 and include the following:

Series MC Sports Series (sold exclusively at MC Sports):
Description: 88565G, 88565GT, 88567G, 88567GT
Model: 54-inch or 60-inch tempered glass, adjustable-height backboard.

Triple Eight Series:
Description: 88830, 88830G, 88830T, 88830GT, 88880G, 88880GT
Model: 60-inch or 72-inch acrylic or tempered glass, adjustable-height backboard.

Arena View:
Description: 886724FS
Model: 72-inch acrylic, fixed-height backboard.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled basketball hoops immediately and contact Russell Brands for instructions on receiving free replacement bolts. If the product is installed in concrete, the firm will arrange for free deinstallation, repair, and reinstallation of the product at the consumer’s home. Russell Brands can be reached toll-free at 1-800-431-5827 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at its Web site at www.spalding.com

In recent years, imports from China have been at the center of safety worries in the United States and other countries. For instance, there was a heparin contamination with a counterfeit ingredient linked to dozens of deaths in the U.S., and hundreds of serious reactions here and abroad. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) called for recalls of several foods imported from China that may have been tainted with the industrial chemical melamine; melamine-tainted dairy products hospitalized thousands of children in that country. We have also long been reporting that despite federal lead standards and that many consider lead poisoning to be one of the most important chronic environmental illnesses affecting children today, toys—many imported from China—continue to be made with elements that exceed federal standards and that could pose serious, sometimes fatal, health concerns.

In recent months, the defective Chinese drywall debacle has been making news and plaguing homeowners with sulfur fumes that smell like “rotten eggs” and cause air conditioning coils to corrode as well as sinus and respiratory ailments, eye and skin irritation, persistent runny or bloody noses, headaches, and asthma. Some situations were so severe that residents had to vacate their homes.

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