Bauer Hockey is launching a recall of around 100,000 kids' hockey sticks after Health Canada testing raised concerns about lead.
Bauer Hockey's CEO and president Kevin Davis told QMI Agency the company is acting "very quickly" to deal with the 13 models that failed to meet acceptable standard for lead content in the U.S. The allowable limit of lead is lower in the U.S. than Canada.
"We have dealt with this issue comprehensively and we have strengthened our systems to make sure that this will never happen again," Davis said.
The company has issued a global stop sale order on the 13 models -- essentially pulling them from store shelves -- and is telling parents of children with the sticks to call 1-888-734-0443. Bauer will take the stick back and give a free, elite level stick.
"We want consumers to return these," Davis said.
Davis said the company -- which makes around 1 million sticks a year -- first learned of the lead issue when Health Canada notified Bauer back in February that paint on a randomly selected stick had tested higher than acceptable levels of lead.
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