As a service to our readers and to promote electrical safety, here are recent recall notices provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Visit www.cpsc.gov/en/recalls for full details of this recall and for notices of many more.
Product safety commission recalls basketball goal that killed hoosier teen
A wall-mounted basketball goal has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission more than four years after one of the 260-pound backboard and support frames dislodged from a wall, fell, and killed a teenager at his home in Granger, Indiana.
About 18,000 models of the basketball goal are involved in the recall announced in late October by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and its manufacturer, Goalsetter Systems Inc., of Evansville, Indiana.
This recall involves all Goalsetter Adjustable and Fixed Wall Mount Series and GS Baseline Series 72-inch, 60-inch, 54-inch, and 48-inch wall-mounted goal systems. The basketball goals have a white Goalsetter logo (a white basketball to the left of the word “Goalsetter” printed in the lower left corner of the backboard).
In June 2018, 14-year-old Nolan Gerwels was teaching one of his younger sisters how to play basketball on an indoor court at the family’s northern Indiana home when the unit fell from the wall and onto the teen. Goalsetter has received three other reports of incidents of the basketball goals detaching from the wall. In one, a consumer sustained severe facial injuries, and in another incident, a consumer sustained a fractured leg.
The recalled goals were sold at SCHEELS stores and basketball equipment stores nationwide and online at www.amazon.com, www.dickssportinggoods.com, www.walmart.com, www.competitiveedgeproducts.com and www.target.com from November 1999 through June 2022 for between $919 and $2,250.CPSC and Goalsetter are urging consumers to stop using the recalled basketball goals immediately and contact Goalsetter for free removal of the basketball goal with a full refund or a free inspection of the installed wall-mounted basketball goal and free installation of an additional safety bracket.
Contact Goalsetter at 855-951-7460 or online at www.goalsetter.com/pages/basketball-wall-mount-recall or www.goalsetter.com and click on “SAFETY & RECALL” at the top of the page for more information. Goalsetter is contacting all known purchasers directly.
Previously recalled portable generator has additional concern
The CPSC recently reannounced the recall of Generac® and DR® 6500 Watt and 8000 Watt portable generators for a potential reported hazard: An unlocked handle can pinch consumers’ fingers against the generator frame when the generator is moved, posing finger amputation and crushing hazards. The firm has received a total of 37 reports of injuries, 24 resulting in finger amputations and five in finger crushing.
These portable generators were previously recalled in July 2021. The generators have gasoline-powered engines that are used to generate electricity for use as backup power. The portable generators have two wheels and a single, U-shaped, two-grip, flip-up pin-lock handle to help move the generator. The units were sold at major home improvement and hardware stores nationwide and online, including Ace Hardware, Amazon, Costco, Do it Best, Home Depot, Lowe’s Stores, Napa Auto Parts and True Value, from June 2013 through June 2021 for between $790 and $1,480.