More than 190,000 folding soccer nets sold under the brand names MacGregor and Mitre are being recalled after a 20-month-old boy fell through the mesh of the netting and was strangled to death by the cords. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has so far received two reports of head entanglement in the netting and that’s including the toddler who died. According to the CPSC alert, the openings in the netting are too large and pose a danger to young children.

CPSC officials say the nylon mesh nets have 5-inch spaces between them instead of 4-inch spaces. The recalled goals with these product defects have a foldable white frame with a white net that is attached by Velcro strips. The MacGregor soccer goal reportedly has model number 97236 printed on the assembly instructions and UPC code number 029807972365 printed on the net’s packaging. The Mitre soccer goal has model number 89186 printed on the assembly instructions and UPC code number 029807891864 printed on the net’s packaging. Nets manufactured after April 2007 with 4-inch by 4-inch square openings are not included in the recall. These nets were sold at Wal-Mart, Ace Hardware and sports and toy stores across the country from May 2002 through May 2008 for $26.

Consumers who own these defective soccer goals are asked to stop using them right away and return them to Regent Sports for a free replacement net. Those who want more information are asked to call Regent Sports, the distributor, at 800-516-9707.

Consumer Reports’ safety blog also points to another defect – a bigger hazard apparently with these soccer goals. These products tend to tip over and severely injure or kill children. The CPSC is investigating the death of a 10-year-old Arizona boy who was killed when a goal post in his elementary school landed on top of him. According to the CPSC, there have been at least 28 deaths since 1979 from these types of goals falling over.

If you have been seriously injured because of these defective goal nets or any other defective products, please contact my office.