June 3, 2014 — In the last week, two companies have issued recalls for defective crossbows that can fire unexpectedly. Although several incidents have been reported, fortunately no one has been injured.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the first recall on May 27. The manufacturer, Precision Shooting Equipment (PSE), recalled the TAC Elite, TAC Ordnance, and Enigma crossbows. They were sold from June until November 2013 for $500-1,500 at sporting goods stores and catalogues, including Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Kinsey’s Archery, and Pape’s.
The CPSC recommends that consumers should immediately stop using the crossbows. The manufacturer has reported no incidents or injuries, but they did warn:
“The crossbow can fire an arrow without the trigger being pulled, posing an injury hazard to the user and to bystanders.”
On June 3, another crossbow was recalled because it could fire unexpectedly. Mission Archery recalled about 9,500 crossbows in the MXB product line, including the MXB 320, MXB Dagger, MXB 400 and MXB 360. The company received three reports of incidents, but no one was injured.
Mission Archery sold the MXB crossbows from May 2013 through April 2014 for $600-1,300 at archery and sporting goods stores. They are marked with “Mission by Matthews” engraved on the left rear side of the crossbow’s tail. They also have serial codes ranging from XB04879 to XB16555. The CPSC recommends that consumers should stop using the crossbows and return them for a free repair.