Spongy Nerf footballs are supposed to be soft on the hands, but Hasbro is recalling more than a-quarter million of the balls because they pose a potential safety hazard.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the hard plastic interior frame on the balls can cause injury. The safety group says there have been nine reports of facial injuries from the balls.
The top of the ball flips open to show an erasable screen that can be used to plan football plays.
The Nerf Big Play Footballs were sold for about ten dollars at Wal-Mart, Target and other stores nationwide starting in August.
The balls are red, silver and black and each has the signature of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.
Hasbro will provide prepaid-postage labels to return the balls, and offer customers a replacement Nerf product of equal value.