Crosman recalls air pistols for explosion hazard

Originally published by clarionledger.com on 9/9/2013.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has recalled some Crosman semiautomatic air pistols, citing potential risk of the pistol exploding at high temperatures (150 degrees). Given the summer temperatures we’ve had here in Mississippi, and the fact that temperatures in an enclosed vehicle in the sun can reach this point easily, this warning should be taken seriously. No injuries have been reported yet.

Crosman says the risk involves the Taiwan-made pistol’s plastic frame, and an explosion could occur if there is a full and pierced CO2 canister. The air pistols use a CO2 cartridge to propel plastic BBs and are used for recreational shooting. The air pistols are black, measure 8 ½ inches long and weigh 1 ½ lbs. Crosman’s name and partial address are printed in the “Warning” information on the left side of each pistol. If you own one of these, return it for a replacement. Complete info may be found here.

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