February 18, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm
named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following
consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products
immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: “The General” Compound Bows
Units: About 8,000
Manufacturer: BowTech Archery, of Eugene, Ore.
Hazard: The ends of the bow’s limbs can unexpectedly break during
use and send fragments of the bow in the direction of the user or
bystanders, posing a risk of injury.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received 255 reports of the bow’s
limbs breaking, including 11 reports of lacerations, abrasions, or
contusions when pieces from the breaking bow struck the user.
Description: This recall involves the “The General” compound bows
hunting and target models with draw weights of 60 and 70 pounds that
do not have a collet (see illustration below) in the limb. The bows
measure about 31 inches long and have draw lengths of 26-30 inches.
Hunting models were sold in real tree and mossy oak camouflage
patterns. Target models were sold in gray, black, and wood-grain.
The bows have laminated wood grips engraved with the word “BowTech”
and a label with “The General” on the center pivot point of the
Sold at: Authorized BowTech Dealers nationwide from September 2007
through July 2008 for about $800.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bows
and contact their dealer to schedule a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact BowTech Archery at
(888) 689-1289 anytime or visit the company’s Web site at