Hockey equipment giant Bauer is pulling thousands of children hockey sticks off the market because of high lead levels in the paint on the stick.
The company has pulled 13 models of youth and junior hockey sticks off store shelves. The models add up to 100,000 sticks sold.
Health Canada tested one of the models last month and found it contained higher than acceptable levels of lead in the paint.
Bauer CEO Kevin Davis told 680News the company has voluntarily tested all 200 models of junior and youth sticks dating back to 2004.
“Twelve of the 13 models here were manufactured [in] 2008 and prior. There’s only one model here that has been manufactured since 2008. But, again, important for us to do what the right thing is here and get all of these products out of the hands of consumers as quickly as possible,” Davis said.
Davis said the company will replace every single stick with an elite version.
Consumers who have any of the sticks in question can call 1-888-734-0443 in Canada or the United States for a replacement stick.
The following Bauer products have been recalled:
-Nike Bauer Supreme One90 youth and junior stick, including shafts and replacement blades
-Nike Bauer Supreme Junior One50 junior stick, including shafts and replacement blades
-Nike Bauer Supreme One40 junior stick
-Nike Bauer Supreme One70 junior stick
-Nike Bauer/Bauer Supreme One75 junior player and goalie stick
-Nike Bauer/Bauer Vapor XX junior player and goalie stick
-Nike Bauer Supreme LTX junior stick.
-Nike Bauer Apollo junior stick
-Nike Quest Apollo junior blade
-Nike Bauer Supreme Force junior stick
-Nike Bauer Vapor XVI junior stick
-Nike Bauer Vapor XXX Lite “Woody” junior stick
-Nike Bauer Supreme Accel junior stick