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Crossbow problem can put out an eye or a life. That’s why 17,000 have been recalled.

Fang 350 XT model crossbow
Fang 350 XT model crossbow

A weapon that fires on its own creates as much a reliability problem as one that doesn’t fire at all, and a much greater danger. That’s why Precision Shooting Equipment recalled 17,000 crossbows Thursday.

The problem, as stated in the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall notice: “The crossbows can fire or discharge unexpectedly, posing an injury hazard to the user and to bystanders.”

Apparently, nobody shot anybody’s eye out yet — PSE claims it’s heard of no injuries in the six reports it’s received of the crossbow firing.

Various outdoor and hunting stores such as Bass Pro Shops and Kinsey’s Archery sold PSE’s Fang 350 XT, Fang LT and Thrive models from October 2016 through August 2017. Owners should contact PSE for a free repair either by calling 800-477-7789 from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, or filling out the Return Authorization Form on the PSE website.

Crossbow Fang LT
Fang LT model crossbow U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commssion

Crossbow thrive
Thrive model crossbow U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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