Diamond Sports Recalls Face Masks Due to Faulty Stitching
For umpires and catchers, proper equipment is vital and a face mask that falls off doesn't cut it.
Diamond Sports, a Santa Ana, CA-based sporting goods company, is issuing a voluntary recall after reports that stitching on the face mask's harness can fail. This can cause the mask to loosen or come off, increasing the risk of impact injury. The recall applies to both catcher and umpire face masks with diamond harnesses.
Diamond is recalling about 10,000 face masks. The specific lot numbers of the affected products are D-0143, D-0842, D-1041, D-1142, D-0152 or D-0451. The lot numbers can be found on a sticker on an inside metal bar in the face mask.
The firm has received 36 reports of failed stitching, but no injuries as of yet.
The affected Diamond face masks were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide from February 2014 to May 2015 for between $31 and $106. The harnesses were sold separately for between $3 and $6.
Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Diamond Sports for a free replacement harness. Customers should call (888) 558-2250.