June 3, 2014 — The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced two recalls for crossbows that can fire unexpectedly when the trigger is not pulled.
The first recall was issued on May 27 for about 2,800 crossbows manufactured by Precision Shooting Equipment (PSE), including the TAC Elite, TAC Ordnance, and Enigma crossbows. No incidents or injuries were reported, but the manufacturer warned:
“The crossbow can fire an arrow without the trigger being pulled, posing an injury hazard to the user and to bystanders.”
They were sold between June and November last year for between $500 and $1,500 at Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Kinsey’s Archery, and Pape’s, as well as online and in catalogues. The CPSC recommends that owners should stop using the crossbows and return them to the manufacturer for a refund.
The second recall was issued on June 3 for about 9,500 crossbows manufactured by Mission Archery, including the MXB 320, MXB Dagger, MXB 400 and MXB 360. The company has received three reports of the crossbows firing unexpectedly. No injuries have been reported.
The crossbows are marked with serial codes ranging from XB04879 to XB16555. They are sold in black or camouflage pattern with “Mission by Matthews” engraved on the left rear side of the crossbow’s tail. They were sold from May 2013 through April 2014 for between $600 and $1,300 at archery and hunting goods stores. Customers should immediately stop using the recalled crossbows and return them to an authorized dealer for a free repair, including shipping.