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Air Rifles Being Recalled

August 9, 1990

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Crosman Products is recalling nearly 53,000 air rifles that may have a defective trigger mechanism, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday.

The company is recalling its Model 3100 air rifle, which has been sold nationally since July 1986 and may contain an improperly hardened sear in its trigger.

If the sear is not properly hardened, it may wear prematurely and the consumer may not be able to cock the airgun, the commission said.

If the consumer does manage to cock a gun with a defective sear, it said, the rifle could discharge unexpectedly without the trigger being pulled - even if the safety mechanism is engaged.

The commission said no reports of injury or accidental discharge have been received. Crosman discovered the problem after inspecting a returned airgun that would not cock.

Consumers who own Crosman Model 3100 air rifles should discontinue use and call the company toll free at 1-800-836-3100 for instructions. The line is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT, Monday through Friday.

The East Bloomfield, N.Y., company will inspect all returned rifles, replace defective sears and return the airguns at no charge.

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