February 18, 2009
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
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 bottom limb.
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