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Hockey Goalie Masks Recalled

If your child plays hockey, you may want to check his or her equipment. Bauer Hockey is recalling several models of goalie masks and replacement cages.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the metal wires on the cages can break and cause a facial impact or laceration hazard. Bauer Hockey has received nine reports of wire breakage, four of which resulted in lacerations.

The recall comes amidst reports that hockey helmets do not always protect young players. As we recently discussed on this San Diego Injury Blog, researchers at Virginia Tech University created a five-star rating system for hockey helmet safety that can help predict the likelihood that the wearer will suffer a concussion. Alarmingly, the top-rated helmet only earned three stars. Six helmets earned two stars, 16 helmets received one star, and nine got none

For parents who are concerned about the defective goalie masks, they were sold online and at sporting good stores across the country from April 2013 through February 2015. The masks with cages cost approximately $900, while the replacement cages were sold for around $90.

As detailed by the CPSC, the recall specifically involves cages on the Concept C1 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire and the NME 10 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire. The Concept C1 and NME 10 goalie masks were sold in black or white with a titanium wire cage that attaches to the mask with two screws on each side of the mask. A sticker inside the shell at the jaw lists the model and size.

The recall also includes the RP NME Ti Titanium Cage, which is a replacement cage intended for the Concept C1 and NME 10 goalie masks. A side plate that reads “Bauer Titanium Oval Wire and RPNME Ti Sr” can be used to identify it.

Consumers are advised to stop using the defective goalie masks and replacement wires. Bauer Hockey will provide a free replacement wire cage and complimentary throat protector.