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CPSC: Air Venturi Recalls Air Rifles for Serious Injury Hazard

Feb 25, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced the recall of about 50 Air Venturi Air Rifles because the recalled rifles’ safety can fail, causing it to unexpectedly fire, which poses a serious injury hazard to consumers.

The recalled Air Venturi Air Rifles were manufactured in South Korea by Sam Yang Precision Industrial and were distributed by Air Venturi, of Bedford Heights, Ohio.  To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported, said the CPSC.

The recall involves model 909S Sam Yang .45 caliber Air Venturi Air Rifles shipped to consumers after July 1, 2008.  The recalled Air Venturi Air Rifle is a precharged pneumatic air rifle, which powered by compressed air.  Pneumatic air rifles are essentially any type of air rifle that uses compressed air to propel a pellet.

The recalled Air Venturi Air Rifles were sold by Air Venturi and Pyramyd Air, Airgun Depot, and Cobra Airguns from July 2008 through September 2008 and retailed for about $550.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop using the recalled Air Venturi Air Rifles immediately and contact Air Venturi or Pyramyd Air for a free repair; shipping boxes and postage will be provided.  The CPSC stated that all known users have been contacted; therefore, if you have not received direct communication from Air Venturi or Pyramyd Air, your rifle is not at issue.

Consumers can contact Air Venturi or Pyramyd Air collect at (216) 292-2570 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or at the company’s Website at

In a prior report, Consumer Affairs wrote that, according to a study published in Pediatrics, pneumatic guns injure about 21,000 Americans, many children, annually, causing about four deaths each year.  In the ten-year period from 1990 to 2000, 39 deaths were attributed to such guns with 32 of the deaths involving children under the age of 15.  Also, approximately 21,840 injuries related to pneumatic, or nonpowder guns, were treated in hospital emergency departments in 2000 alone and mainly involved children aged five to 14, said Consumer Affairs, based on a report prepared by the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Injury, Violence and Poison Prevention.  That particular report involved all nonpowder or air guns.

Approximately 12 percent of the reported injuries were to the eye; 24 percent to the head and neck, 63 percent to extremities; and one percent to other body areas, reported Consumer Affairs.

According to Consumer Affairs, the CPSC estimates that there are approximately 3.2 million nonpowder guns sold each year.

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