Hockey players and fans alike know a match can become a brutal contact sport in just a matter of seconds, meaning the use of protective gear is essential in ensuring no one is badly injured. The goalie is especially susceptible to injury considering the most momentous plays occur when points are on the line. After nine reports of breakage, Bauer Hockey is now recalling a total of approximately 1,500 goalie masks and replacement wire cages from the U.S. and Canada.
The facial cages included in the Bauer Hockey recall are the Concept C1 Goal mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire and the NME 10 Goal Mask with Certified Titanium Oval Wire, as well as the RP NME Ti Titanium Replacement Cage. All of the masks were sold in either black or white with a titanium wire cage attaching along the sides of the mask with two screws.
The Concept C1 mask is a Senior mask, sized either S/M or M/L, with a sticker indicating the model and size in the inside of the shell at the jaw. The NME 10 Goal Mask is also a Senior mask sold in three different sizes: Fit 1, Fit 2 and Fit 3. The top of the NME’s shell will have “NME10” printed. The NME’s model/size sticker can also be found inside the shell at the jaw.
The RP NME Ti Titanium Cage is intended to be used as a replacement for the Concept C1 and NME 10 goalie masks. A plate on the side of the mask reads “Bauer Titanium Oval Wire” and “RPNME Ti Sr.”
From April 2013 until February 2015, the goalie masks were sold for roughly $900 and the replacement wires for about $90. All of the products affected by the Bauer Hockey recall, which were manufactured in Thailand, were sold by independent sporting goods companies and online retailers.
Bauer Hockey is aware of nine incidents where the wires in the goalie masks broke – one in the U.S. and eight in Canada. Only four of these reported incidents resulted in facial lacerations.
Consumers in possession of one or more of the Bauer Hockey recalled masks/replacement cages should stop using them and contact Bauer Hockey. The company will be giving out free replacement masks, as well as complimentary throat protectors, in thanks for the consumer’s cooperation.
For more information on this recall, contact Bauer Hockey toll-free at 844-448-4246 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.bauer.com and click on “Titanium Cage Recall.”