13,000 Spalding basketball goals recalled over risk of injury; Is yours included?

Spalding basketball goals are being recalled over an issue that may pose a risk of injury. More than 13,000 units are affected.

The recall affects Spalding Momentous EZ Assembly Portable Basketball Goals with 50″ or 54″ clear acrylic backboards, according to the recall notice on the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website.

The problem lies in the weld on the arm that attaches the backboard to the pole.

“We have recently learned that welds in the arm that attaches the back panel to the pole can fail and cause the back panel to fall, posing a risk of injury to consumers,” Russel Brands said in its release. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our consumers.”

At the time of the announcement, according to the CPSC, there were 26 reports of “weld failures,” three of which had the backboards separating from the pole. Injuries were also reported, with one customer hit in the shoulder/torso and another in the head with the backboard.

Therefore, those who have an affected basketball goal are advised to “stop using it immediately.” Instead, they should contact the company to have a technician install a new boom arm on the unit.

Each recalled product has a back panel attached to a black metal pole with a black metal arm. Depending on the unit, it could have either a visible “H-frame” behind the back panel, or aluminum trim with no H-frame, according to the CPSC.

“To identify if you have a Momentous EZ Assembly portable basketball hoop, the black base has ‘Spalding’ printed on the front and ‘6E’ on the back,” the company noted. “The number 1010, 1011, or 1012 is printed to the right of the CAUTION statement on the front of the back panel.”

The company has provided photos to help customers find these important details. Those who find they have an affected device can contact the company at 1-800-558-5234 or click here to request a repair, although the company is also contacting those who purchased the affected products.

A total of around 13,400 units of the product are being recalled. They have been sold nationwide at Academy and Scheels stores, as well as online through Spalding.com or Amazon. About 62 units were also sold in Canada.

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