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Basketball goals recalled after a 14-year-old boy was killed

Published Oct 31st, 2022 11:12AM EDT
Basketball and basketball goal.
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Goalsetter Systems issued a recall for about 18,000 wall-mounted basketball goals, as the units can detach from the wall and fall to the ground. As a result, they pose a serious impact injury hazard that could even be fatal, similar to another recall we saw recently.

The company says it has already received four reports of incidents involving the product, which led to injuries as well as the tragic death of one 14-year-old boy.

Basketball goal recall

Goalsetter announced the recall and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) posted the announcement at this link.

The recall action involves all Goalsetter Adjustable and Fixed Wall Mount Series and GS Baseline Series 72-inch, 60-inch, 54-inch, and 48-inch wall-mounted basketball goal systems. The products have a white Goalsetter logo, which is a white basketball to the left of the word “Goalsetter” that appears in the lower-left corner of the backboard. You can see the logo and other design details in the images below.

Basketball goals recall: Wall Mount Series Adjustable Height Goalsetter 48-inch goal.
Basketball goals recall: Wall Mount Series Adjustable Height Goalsetter 48-inch goal. Image source: CPSC

The company sold the basketball goals at Scheels stores and basketball equipment stores nationwide. They were also available online from Amazon, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart, Competitive Edge Products, and Target. The products were available from November 1999 through June 2022, selling for between $919 and $2,250.

One of these Goalsetter basketball goals fell on a 14-year-old boy in Granger, Indiana, in June 2018. The company says it has also received three additional reports of incidents. In one, a consumer sustained severe facial injuries. In another, someone fractured their leg.

Basketball goals recall: Wall Mount Series Adjustable and Fixed Height Goalsetter 72-inch, 60-inch, and 54-inch goals.
Basketball goals recall: Wall Mount Series Adjustable and Fixed Height Goalsetter 72-inch, 60-inch, and 54-inch goals. Image source: CPSC

What you should do

Consumers who own one of these Goalsetter basketball goals should stop using them immediately. They should contact the company to arrange for the free removal of the basketball goal. The company will also issue full refunds to anyone who purchased a recalled model.

Alternatively, consumers can ask for a free inspection of the wall-mounted basketball goal models from the recall. After that, the company can arrange the free installation of an additional safety bracket.

Basketball goals recall: Wall-Mounted Goalsetter GS Baseline Series 72-inch, 60-inch, and 54-inch goals.
Basketball goals recall: Wall-Mounted Goalsetter GS Baseline Series 72-inch, 60-inch, and 54-inch goals. Image source: CPSC

You’ll find complete contact information for Goalsetter in the recall announcement at the CPSC. Separately, Goalsetter set up this web page for the basketball goal recall.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.