The Consumer Product Safety Commission said a 20-month-old boy from Texas was strangled when his head and arm became entangled in the net of one of the recalled goals.
The agency received one other report of a child's head becoming entangled in a net.
The gaps in the recalled nets are about 20 square inches, which is a dangerous size according to the CPSC. The agency says netting should have gaps less than 17 square inches or greater than 28 square inches, to prevent dangerous entrapment and strangulation.
The Chinese-made goals were distributed by Regent Sports Corp. of Hauppauge, N.Y., and sold by sports and hardware stores nationwide, including Wal-Mart and Ace Hardware. They were available between May 2002 and May 2008.
Parents and caregivers are advised to stop using the nets, which can be returned to Regent Sports in exchange for a free, safe replacement. For more information, call 877-516-9707.