Recall: Hasbro Inc. Recall of NERF® Big Play Football™

January 30, 2004
Release # 04-074
Hasbro Consumer Affairs: (866) 637-3244
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC, Hasbro Inc. Announce Recall of NERF® Big Play Football™

WASHINGTON, D.C. " The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm listed below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: NERF® Big Play Football™

Units: About 294,000

Manufacturer: Hasbro Inc., of Pawtucket, R.I.

Hazard: The football contains a hard plastic interior frame that can pose a risk of facial cuts if a child is hit during play.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been nine reports of facial injuries, including eight requiring stitches or medical attention.

Description: The NERF® Big Play Football™ is a red and silver NERF football with a silver flip-open top that reveals an erasable writing pad to plan football plays on in the center of the ball. The NERF name, an NFL logo and a large black “X” are on the silver region of the football. Mike Vick’s signature in red also is written on the football, and his photo is on the packaging.

Sold at: Toys R Us, Wal-Mart, Target, KB Toys stores and other toy retailers nationwide from August 2003 to January 2004 for about $10.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using this football immediately and return it to the company for a replacement NERF product of equal value. Hasbro will provide consumers with a postage-prepaid label to return the product.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should contact Hasbro, Inc. at (866) 637-3244 anytime, or go to

Consumers can also view a video clip about this recall (standard version or a higher quality version - broadband connection recommended) (transcript) . This is in "streaming video" format.

Picture of Label on Recalled Football

Picture of Recalled Football