FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 1997
Release # 97-115
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Lifetime Products Inc. of Clearfield, Utah, is recalling over 29,800 ProCourt portable basketball systems. The basketball system's base can develop a leak, allowing the water used to stabilize the system to leak out. As a result, the basketball system can fall over, presenting a risk of injury to the consumer.
Lifetime Products has received 21 reports of bases leaking. The basketball systems did not fall over and no injuries have been reported.
The ProCourt portable basketball system has a 3-inch telescopic adjustable metal pole, a 44-inch acrylic backboard, a black metal rim with a white net, and a 26-gallon black polyethylene base with wheels. The portable basketball system is designed for residential use and can be moved to a driveway or patio surface for play. The base should be filled with water for stability. If the system is moved only occasionally, the base can be filled with sand. When filled with sand, the base does not leak.
ProCourt portable basketball systems being recalled have a number 4 on the bottom of the base and date codes from 970101 through 970873 stamped on the bottom of the horizontal plate attaching the rim to the pole.
Major discount, department, and sport stores nationwide sold these basketball systems from January 1997 through April 1997 for about $99.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ProCourt portable basketball systems and call Lifetime Products at (800) 225-3865 for a free replacement base with installation instructions. Lifetime Products will also provide a free net to consumers with the recalled basketball systems.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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