CPSC Announces Recall for Unsafe Barnett Outdoors Black Widow Slingshot

CPSC Announces Recall for Unsafe Barnett Outdoors Black Widow Slingshot
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July 08, 2015

A slingshot's target is always in danger, but for one model, the user could also be in the line of fire.

A faulty wrist strap has forced slingshot manufacturer Barnett Outdoors to issue a recall for its Black Widow model. The recall was announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on Wednesday.

The Tarpon Springs, FL-based company believes that about 88,000 units have been sold in United States, in addition to 16,000 in Canada.

The slingshot's wrist strap can slip off the wrist brace when the slingshot's pouch is pulled back. This can result in the body of the slingshot snapping back and striking the user. Barnett has received two reports of injury in relation to the recall, with the victims suffering facial fractures and bruising.

Establishments that sell the product include A.C. Kerman, Archery Range, Archery Shoppe, Big Rock Sporting Goods, Bow Hunters Supply Store, Campco, Dicks Sporting Goods, Dunham's, Florida Hardware Co., Great Lakes Marine Products, Gun World & Sporting Goods, Paducah Shooters Supply, Slingshots USA, Walmart and other archery, shooting and sports stores nationwide. Online vendors include Amazon and BarnettCrossBows.com.

The CPSC recommends that the product's use be immediately stopped. Customers can contact Barnett to receive replacement wrist strap, free of charge. Barnett Outdoors can be contacted at (800) 234-4907.

According to the Barnett website, the Black Widow model slingshot retails for $9.99. The company currently lists the product as out of stock.