CPSC recalls air pistols for firing while safety is engaged

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KAIT) - The U.S. Product Safety Commission and Umarex USA Inc., of Fort Smith, AR are recalling nearly 10,000 air pistols for safety failure.

The Browning 800 Mag Air Pistols hay fire unexpectedly as, under a variety of circumstances, the safety won't prevent the gun from firing.

So far, the firm has received one report of the pistol discharging while the safety was engaged but no injuries were reported.

This recall involves all Browning 800 Mag Air pistols, which are black and measure 18 inches by 7 inches. The Browning logo and "800 Mag" are printed on the top of the air pistol's barrel block.

The air pistols were sold at sporting goods stores and gun shops nationwide from July 2006 through February 2008 for about $180.

Consumers should immediately stop using the air pistol, ensure it is unloaded and contact Umarex USA to receive instructions on returning the air pistol for a free repair. Umarex USA will engrave repaired pistols with a "P" on the left side of the receiver, forward of the plastic end cap. Until repaired, consumers should safely store the unloaded pistol in its open or un-cocked state.

For additional information, contact Umarex USA toll-free at (866) 503-3389 anytime, or visit their web site at www.umarexusa.com.

Copyright 2011 KAIT. All Rights Reserved.