June 26, 1996
Release # 96-152

WASHINGTON, D.C. - CPSC, Irwin Sports of Toronto, Ontario, announced the recall of about 8,400 faceguards for model CL87 baseball catchers' combination faceguard and helmet. Adjusting the wire faceguard too low on the helmet could allow a ball to pass through the faceguard, which could lead to serious injuries to the face or head.

Irwin Sports has received two reports of facial injuries when the faceguard was misadjusted on the helmet.

The recalled faceguard is attached to either a red, navy, royal or black helmet with "Cooper - Made in Canada - CL87" printed on both sides of the helmet. The back of the helmet also has a white warning label next to the words "Little League Approved - CL87."

Baseball Catchers' Helmet

Sporting goods stores sold the CL87 combination helmet/faceguards nationwide from October 1995 through May 1996 for about $ 35.00 each.

Consumers should stop using the CL87 Combination helmet/faceguard immediately. The firm is out of business and a remedy is no longer available. This product should be destroyed or discarded.