Paintball Markers Recalled for Ejecting CO2 Cartridges, Hits Users

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2006
Release #06-090
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 363-8241
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

Paintball Markers Recalled for Ejecting CO2 Cartridges, Hits Users

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

 

Name of Product: Blade Turbo™ and Paintball Breakout Players Kit™

Units: About 243,000

Manufacturer: Brass Eagle, of Bentonville, Ark.

Hazard: The carbon dioxide (CO2) cartridges can be forcibly ejected out the back of the paintball marker and break the plastic screw-on cap. This poses a serious risk of injury to the paintball marker's operator who can be hit forcefully by the CO2 cartridges or the plastic screw-on cap. Overtightening the screw-on cap after the cartridges are pierced can result in a serious impact injury.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received reports of at least 73 incidents involving the recalled paintball markers. Seven injuries have been reported including an eye injury, facial bruises, and lacerations.

Description: The recalled Blade Turbo™ paintball marker is bright blue with a black handgrip on the nozzle. Two carbon dioxide cartridges are inserted into the back of the marker covered by a clear plastic screw-on cap. The silver-colored carbon dioxide cartridges are about three-inches long. The Paintball Breakout Players Kit™ includes a Blade Turbo™, black mask and CO2 cartridges. "Blade Turbo" is printed on the side of the paintball marker. Paintball markers are sometimes referred to as paintball guns.

Sold at: The Blade Turbo™ was sold at Wal-Mart, Kmart and sporting goods retailers nationwide from January 2005 through January 2006 for about $20. The Paintball Breakout Players Kit™ was sold at Wal-Mart from October 2005 through January 2006 for about $25.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Blade Turbo™ paintball marker and contact Brass Eagle to receive a free replacement screw-on cap which is black, instead of clear.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Brass Eagle toll-free at (866) 363-8241 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, e-mail Brass Eagle at recall@brasseagle.com, or visit the firm's Web site at http://www.brasseagle.com

 

Picture of Recalled Paintball Marker