Lacrosse Helmets Recalled by Easton Sports Due to Facial Injury Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Easton Has Released a Media Statement on Raptor Lacrosse Helmet:

The safety and protection of our consumers is Easton Sports’ number one concern. We recently received six reports that the chin bar in the Raptor lacrosse helmet cracked or broke upon ball impact, including one laceration injury. After investigating the issue with our source base, Easton learned that the original material specifications for the chin bar were not correctly followed. We exercised an abundance of caution and elected to conduct a voluntary recall of the Raptor lacrosse helmet in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The Raptor lacrosse helmet meets safety standards set forth by the National Operating Committee on the Safety of Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE). However, after Easton’s subsequent investigation and testing confirmed that a chin bar may break, we notified retailers and asked them to stop selling the helmet. Easton is offering a full refund to all consumers who purchased the Raptor helmet.

Consumers may contact [email protected] or (877) 279-8545 for more information or to request a full refund.

Easton is committed to the game of lacrosse and will launch a new lacrosse helmet later this year with improved technology and innovation.

More details below…

Name of product: Easton Raptor Lacrosse Helmets

Units: About 12,000

Importer: Easton Sports, of Scotts Valley, Calif.

Hazard: The chin bar can break, causing the wearer to suffer a jaw or facial injury.

Incidents/Injuries: Easton Sports has received six reports of the chin bar cracking or breaking on impact with a ball or lacrosse stick, including one laceration injury.

Description: This recall involves all Easton Raptor Lacrosse Helmets. “Easton” is printed on either side of the back of the helmet and on the jaw strap. “RAPTOR” is printed low on the back of the helmet in the center. The helmets were sold in sizes XS/S, M/L, and XL/XXL and were available in the following colors: white; matte black; silver; navy blue and white; royal blue and white; and red and white.

Sold at: Sporting goods stores and online from November 2011 through March 2012 for about $250.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these helmets immediately and contact Easton Sports for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Easton Sports toll-free at (877) 279-8545 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email [email protected], or visit their website

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