December 19, 1984  
Release # 84-068

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Diversified Products Corporation, known nationally as "DP", and headquartered in Opelika, Alabama, is voluntarily offering to refund or replace certain older aluminum frame racquets sold under the brand name "Leach", and refurbish certain older Leach plastic-molded models used for playing racquetball.

It has been reported that, upon the release of the racquet during the swing, the butt-plate (plastic plug located at the base of the handle) of the racquet has on seven occasions, pulled out of the racquet handle and the racquet has struck an opposing player.

The majority of racquets in question were marketed by Leach Industries, Inc. ("Leach") before DP purchased the company in March, 1980. The racquets were sold between January 1, 1979, and June 30, 1982. DP will refurbish the butt-plate at no charge. Additionally, at the owners option, a new leather grip and wrist thong will be attached for $4.00.

The aluminum racquets involved were sold prior to December 31, 1980. DP is offering a $4.00 refund, or again at the owners option, a new aluminum racquet for $10.00. More specific details may be obtained by consulting a local racquetball club or calling DP at 1-800-633-5730.

Anyone wishing additional information may contact CPSC's toll-free Hotline at 1-800-638-CPSC. The teletypewriter number for the hearing-impaired is (301) 595-7054.