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Under Armour recalls athletic cup

April 29, 2009 | 12:58 pm

Painful product failure For guys, this could be the scariest recall ever:

The Under Armour company, which makes athletic wear, is recalling its athletic cups -- the hard-plastic devices that are supposed to protect the tender nether regions, especially during sports play.

"The cups can break if hit," said a U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission alert issued today, "posing a risk of serious injury hazard to athletes."

The company, which is recalling the products voluntarily, had received five reports of the cups breaking, including an instance that caused "an injury involving cuts and bruising."

Ouch.

Anyone who has purchased an Under Armour cup, "should immediately stop using" it, said the agency (guys probably don't need to be told that twice). That goes for cups purchased separately or as part of shorts or other athletic garments.

The offending products carry the company logo, which could be difficult to look at again without wincing.

For more information or a refund voucher, call the company at (888) 823-0343 or visit its site.

-- David Colker

Photo: Recalled athletic cup. Credit: Consumer Product Safety Commission

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