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ASICS Recalls Wrestling Ear Guards

April 25, 2001|Associated Press

An Irvine sports gear company is recalling about 60,000 ear guards used by wrestlers because a plastic protective shell breaks too easily.

ASICS Tiger Corp. announced the recall on Tuesday, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The company has received 10 complaints of the plastic shells breaking, resulting in three injuries, the commission said. Those injured said they suffered cuts and abrasions to the side of the head.

The recalled ear guard includes two plastic ear pieces covered with nylon and a plastic frame that connects them.

The "ASICS" red logo is on a label on the guard's chin strap. A gold label on the inside of the guard reads, "Made in China." A date code can be found on a strip of nylon underneath the outer rim of the ear piece. The guards come in white, red, black, blue, green and gold.

They were sold in sports stores nationwide for about $25.

People should stop using the ear guards and return them to the store where they were purchased for a better model, the company said.

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