Hunters Be Cautious: Some Leisure Sporting Equipment Could Be Defective
April 4th, 2018 by Attorney John Colvin
Many people use crossbows, rifles, and slingshots for hunting or for sport, and one would logically assume that these devices will function as intended. However, several recalls in recent years have shown that thousands of products with dangerous defects have ended up in stores.
Take a look at the following recalls, if you have a crossbow, slingshot, or rifle in your home:
Ravin crossbow nocks
In December 2017, Ravin Crossbows issued a U.S. recall of 220,000 crossbow nocks (small plastic clips that attach to the bow string) due a defect that can cause the bow to discharge while the user is reloading an arrow. The company received 44 reports of this malfunction, 23 of which caused finger injuries; six of those injuries were serious.
Precision Shooting Equipment crossbows
In November 2017, Precision Shooting Equipment recalled 17,000 crossbows because the bows can fire unexpectedly. The company received no reports of injuries, even though they had six reports of the bow’s firing without warning. (They had previously issued a recall for a similar defect in 2014.)
TriggerTech crossbow and rifle triggers
In July 2017, TriggerTech recalled about 2,000 triggers in the U.S. because of a defect that can cause the carbide rollers to crack, leading to an unexpected discharge of a rifle or crossbow. The company received 16 reports of broken rollers, including one accidental weapon discharge.
Carbon Express crossbows
Carbon Express recalled about 3,800 crossbows in December 2016, because the weapons can fire when the safety is engaged. One user suffered a thumb laceration.
Barnett Outdoors crossbows
Barnett recalled about 3,300 crossbows in December 2016 for a defect that causes the bow to fire without warning. The CPSC says one person suffered a “hand injury” due to the defect, which may be an understatement. An Indiana hunter’s Barnett crossbow severed his thumb, which doctors reattached, but his medical bills exceeded $4,000.
In 2015, Barnett recalled its Black Widow Slingshot due to a defective wrist strap – the slingshot injured at least two users, one of whom suffered facial fractures. A Tennessee man suffered permanent visual impairment when the slingshot’s rubber band snapped and struck his right eye.
Crosman recalled about 1,400 crossbows in 2016, due a defective rope-cocking device that caused one facial laceration.
These recalls are published on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website, but many consumers are unaware of recalls for products in their home. If consumers don’t mail in a product registration, a manufacturer has no way of contacting them directly. Additionally, when recalled products haven’t caused any injuries, those recalls don’t tend to make headlines. Usually, it’s only after someone suffers a serious injury that news organizations report a recall.
Many leisure sport devices are designed for children and teens. Parents whose children use leisure sporting devices may want to monitor the CPSC website for any applicable recalls.
John R. Colvin, Attorney at Law, has successfully represented injured clients throughout Tennessee and Alabama who have been seriously hurt in hunting accidents due to defective sporting equipment. For more than 20 years, he has been helping victims put their lives back on track, and he is ready to help you. For advice on how to proceed next, or if you have any questions about this topic, contact our office today.