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Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. Sued for Dangerous Baseball Bats

Easton-Bell Sports, Inc. Sued for Dangerous Baseball Bats

The AP(12/7) reported a Chicago couple filed suit against Easton-Bell Sports Inc., maker of aluminum baseball bats, "for injuries their 11-year-old son suffered when he was struck in the head by a ball last spring." According to the parent's complaint Easton-Bell Sports Inc., "produced bats capable of hitting baseballs at dangerous speeds." The couple alleges their son "suffered brain damages and deafness in his left ear" after being "struck in the head by a line drive."

The Chicago Tribune (12/7, Lee) added the lawsuit said Easton "designed an aluminum bat with a dangerous 'exit velocity' - the speed at which a baseball comes off a bat." The couple's attorney said, "Not only are we looking for money damages here, but we want legislation to stop kids from using these bats that are promoted as cannons."

The Tribune notes a 2009 Montana jury verdict that "awarded $850,000 to the family of an 18-year-old youth league pitcher who was killed when he was struck in the head by a line drive hit with an aluminum bat."

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