February 9, 1989


Release # 89-014


WASHINGTON -- Baseball and Soccer Trainer products which use either a metal stake or a metal spike to anchor the product to the ground are being voluntarily recalled by Franklin Sports Industries, Inc. of Stoughton, Mass., because they may pose a risk of injury if improperly used. The firm has had two reports of children being struck by the stake during unusual use.

In voluntary cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Franklin Sports is recalling baseball training products described as Model #1595 - Batting Tee with Return Ball Trainer; Model #1597 - Return Ball Trainer; and Model #1598 Complete Teeball Set.

Sold under the "Mike Schmidt" brand name, each baseball training product consisted, in part, of a three-inch rubber baseball labeled: "FRANKLIN POWER HIT RETURN BALL 1358 TAIWAN." The baseball is connected to an elastic string and was accompanied by an 8 1/2 inch metal ground stake.

Also being recalled is Model #1758 - Return Kick Soccer Skill Trainer. This set, which was sold without a soccer ball, included a soccer ball net connected to an elastic string accompanied by a 10 1/2 inch metal ground spike.

Consumers who have these items are asked to stop using them immediately and return only the stake/cord/ball or spike directly to : Stake Recall, Franklin Sports Industries, Inc., 17 Campanelli Parkway, Stoughton, Mass. 02072. For additional information, consumers may call Franklin Sports toll-free at 1-800-225-8647; Massachusetts residents may call 1-617-344-1111. Consumers will receive $5.00 from Franklin Sports for the returned items.