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CPSC, Fisher-Price Announce Recall of Basketball Sets

CPSC, Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y., is recalling about 55,000 basketball sets to replace the nets. Some of the nets have enlarged openings.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fisher-Price Recall Hotline (800) 247-9395 

May 10, 2001

Fisher-Price Media Contact: Laurie Oravec, (716) 687-3395

Release # 01-149


WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Fisher-Price, of East Aurora, N.Y., is recalling about 55,000 basketball sets to replace the nets. Some of the nets have enlarged openings. If children put their heads into these enlarged openings, the net can get tangled around their necks and they could strangle. 


Fisher-Price has not received any reports of injuries. This recall is being conducted to prevent the possibility of injuries.

The recalled Grow-to-Pro Basketball set has a black pole that adjusts from 3 to 6 feet. A nylon net with an orange plastic hoop is attached to the pole, along with a gray backboard. The Fisher-Price logo is on the front of the backboard; and the model number, 72408, along with the words, "Made in U.S.A." are on the other side of the backboard.

Toy, mass merchandise and discount stores sold these toys nationwide from January 2001 through May 2001 for about $30.

Consumers should stop using the basketball set immediately. Consumers should call Fisher-Price toll-free at (800) 247-9395 anytime to order a free replacement net. Fisher-Price will help consumers determine if their basketball nets have enlarged openings. Consumers can also visit the company's website at http://www.service.mattel.com/us/recall.asp.
Picture of Recalled Basketball Set