Under Armour voluntarily recalled more than half a million UA Defender Chin Straps after several reports of the sharp edge of the metal snap that connects the strap to the helmet caused cuts severe enough to require stitches.
According to a press release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the company received six reports of injuries that required stitches related to the strap, which poses the laceration hazard when it comes in contact with another player.
The recall involves all UA Defender Chin Straps – around 541,000 units. The straps were sold in white and black, red, midnight, navy and royal. They have a hard nylon shell, a padded chin area and a plastic strap with “Under Armour” printed on it. They also have metal clasps that tighten the straps and attach them to the helmet.
The chin straps were sold in sporting goods stores and Under Armour outlet stores nationwide and online at www.underarmour.com from January 2008 through September 2011 for about $20.
Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled chin straps immediately and contact Under Armour for a free replacement. For more information, contact Under Armour toll-free at (888) 823-0343 or visit the company’s website at www.underarmour.com.