West Virginia residents who own a gun may be interested in hearing of a recent recall issued by Hoppe’s, a sporting goods manufacturer. It involves the company’s semi-automatic gun bore cleaner. The bottles are brown with a black cap and a yellow and blue label. The bottles hold 5 ounces of product and was sold by various sporting goods outlets.
The cap is supposed to be child resistant, similar to medication-bottle caps. Child-resistant caps are designed in order to keep children from opening bottles that contain substances that could be dangerous to their health. Unfortunately, some consumers have found that the child-resistant cap on the bore cleaner loosens with use and becomes no longer child resistant.
Some of the chemicals in this product are very dangerous. One minor side effect of the product is skin irritation. However, if the product were accidentally ingested, it could cause internal injuries or possibly even death.
At the time of this writing, no injures had been reported by consumers. However, Hoppe’s did receive one incident report claiming that a child was able to open the cap, spilling the contents of the bottle onto himself. Consumers are urged to stop using the product and request proper disposal and replacement instructions from the company. Until the product can be disposed of properly, it is crucial that adult consumers ensure that the cap is on the bottle securely and that it is placed out of sight and reach of children.
When there is a malfunction or defect in a sporting goods product, it can result in serious injury to the individual who is using the product. Most gun owners are very careful with their firearms and corresponding products. However, when a gun cleaner is supposed to have a child-proof lid and does not, there is cause for concern. West Virginia residents who have been injured or have had a loved one harmed by a defective sporting goods product may be eligible for compensation through a products liability lawsuit.
Source: oregonlive.com, “Recalls Recap: Semi-Auto Bore Gun Cleaner by Hoppe’s; Zero Turn riding mowers by Bob-Cat“, Vickie Kavanagh, Nov. 25, 2014