Be Prepared: Checking for Hunting Gear Recalls

November 6, 2014

With Autumn in full swing, many Ohioans have already been taking advantage of hunting season.  With the most popular hunting season, deer/gun season, fast approaching, now is the time for hunters to prepare themselves by reviewing safety guidelines and techniques to ensure an enjoyable hunting season.  While reviewing safety protocols is common practice prior to re-entering the field, many hunters fail to take one simple but vital step to ensure their own safety.

Equipment Recalls

While hunting accidents certainly may involve individual negligence, the role of defective equipment in hunting-related injuries cannot be overstated.  Firearms, ammunition, and tree stands all have the potential to cause serious personal injury or death if defective.  Just this year, Remington Arms Company recalled a series of its rifles due to the danger of unintentional discharge.  Similarly, tree stands are recalled all the time, with the Ohio DNR Division of Wildlife noting that hunters die from tree stand falls every year.

Because of the nature of hunting, defective hunting equipment may cause users or bystanders any number of serious injuries, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, or death.  With the stakes so high, the prudent hunter must take every precaution available.

Investigate Your Equipment

Fortunately, researching whether your equipment of choice has been recalled is fairly simple.  Recalls may be found through the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s website, by consulting the manufacturer, or (in many cases) through a simple Google search.  Before heading back out each season, take a few minutes to determine if your equipment has been recalled for any reason.  A few minutes may save a life.

Of course, not all defective products are recalled and there is always a danger that a manufacturer has put a defective product into your hands.  If you or a loved have been injured as the result of a defective product, contact the experienced Cleveland, Ohio product liability lawyers at Lowe Scott Fisher Co., LPA for a free telephone consultation.

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