Louisiana hockey enthusiasts should be aware that Bauer Hockey has recalled two potentially hazardous goalie masks from the market. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the metal wires on the cages of the masks can break, possibly causing facial lacerations or impact injuries.
The recalled products are the NME 10 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire, the Concept 1 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire and the RP NME Ti Titanium Replacement Cage. The masks were offered in black and white and featured a titanium mask that attached with two screws. The NME 10 is a Senior mask sold in sizes Fit 1, Fit 2 and Fit 3 with “NME10” printed on the top shell. The Concept 1 is a Senior mask sold in sizes S/M and M/L with “Concept C1” printed on the top shell. The RP NME Ti is a replacement cage intended for use with the NME 10 and Concept C1 masks. It features a side plate that reads “Bauer Titanium Oval Wire” and “RPNME Ti Sr.”
Bauer Hockey reports it has received nine reports of wire failure in the masks. One occurred in the United States, and eight took place in Canada. Laceration injuries were reported in four cases, including the U.S. incident. The masks were sold online and in independent sporting goods stores across the nation from April 2013 until February 2015. The masks retailed for $900, and the replacement cages sold for $90. Consumers are instructed to immediately cease using the recalled items and contact Bauer Hockey for a free replacement wire cage and throat protector.
Any Louisiana resident who has been injured by a defective product may wish to speak with an attorney. In some cases, it may be possible to obtain financial compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering and other damages.