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Recall of the Week: Louisville Slugger OneX Fastpitch softball bat due to injury hazard from breakage

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Hillerich & Bradsby Co. is recalling about 13,000 Louisville Slugger OneX Fastpitch softball bats.

The bat’s barrel can separate from the handle during use and strike people nearby, according to the company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

About 170 bat handle separations have been reported to the company. The company said a barrel from a broken bat hit a player in the shin.  

The recalled bats include all OneX style bats. The composite bat has a white and grey shell with blue and yellow lettering. “Louisville Slugger oneX” appears twice on the barrel, in yellow in one place and in blue lettering on the other side.  The “X” is yellow in both places. 

Manufactured in China, the bats were sold nationwide at sporting goods and other retail stores and were distributed to college amateur competitive softball teams from about May 2012 through February 2013 for about $350.  

Consumers should immediately stop using the bat and contact Hillerich & Bradsby for a free replacement bat and the choice of an additional free item, the company said.

For details, call Hillerich & Bradsby at 800-282-2287 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or go to www.slugger.com and click on Recall.

For information on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2013, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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