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August 18, 1998

Release # 98-150
CPSC CONTACT: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

CPSC, Brass Eagle Inc. Announce Recall of Paintball Masks

CPSC, Brass Eagle Inc. Announce Recall of Paintball MasksWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Brass Eagle Inc. of Rogers, Ark., is voluntarily recalling about 42,300 paintball masks to replace their lenses. The lens can crack when struck by a paintball, presenting a potential eye injury hazard to the paintball player.

CPSC and Brass Eagle have received eight reports of lenses cracking. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the lenses of the Brass Eagle's "Xtreme Vision 280" paintball masks, sold before April 1998. The eagle logo is imprinted into the forehead of the mask, and "Z Leader" is printed on the lens. "Brass Eagle by Z Leader" is printed on the strap. Item no. 7472 appears on the bottom of the box, in which the mask was sold.

Sporting goods and discount department stores nationwide sold the masks from July 1997 to April 1998 for about $55.

Consumers should stop using these paintball masks immediately. Consumers should call Brass Eagle at (800) 354-8841 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday to verify whether their mask is involved in this recall and if so, for instructions on returning the mask's lens for a free replacement. Consumers also can write to: Brass Eagle Inc., Recall Department, 303 Cedar St., Granby, MO 64844.

Lenses that bear a date stamp, consisting of numbers molded into the lens, on a tab located at the outside corner of the wearer's right lens, are not subject to this recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to