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Nike Inc., in conjunction with the CPSC, is recalling about 235,000 football helmet chin straps because they can break as a result of contact and can cause serious facial or head injury to the player wearing it.

Nike has received 18 reports of the chin strap breaking, including two reports of concussions, two reports of facial lacerations requiring stitches, and a report of a broken nose.

The recalled item has a plastic cup with a foam liner that fits over the chin and has four metal snaps on the end on each strap. The football helmet chin straps were available in adult and child sizes and came in either black/grey or white/gray. The Nike trademark is pictures on the front of the chin strap and one of the following four style numbers is listed on the inside of one of the straps: FA0016 046, FA0016 130, FA0021 046, or FA0021 130.

The chin straps were sold at sporting goods stores across the U.S. and on Nike’s website from April 2006 to October 2007.

For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.

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