July 13, 2001         

JT USA Inc. Announces Recall of Proteus Paint Ball Masks


JT USA Inc., of Chula Vista, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 4,000 Proteus masks used for protection during paint ball combat. The plastic facemask could crack around the ear cover when hit by a paint ball. This could allow the facemask to come off, exposing consumers to eye injuries. JT USA has received one report of a mask breaking around the ear cover. No injuries have been reported.

The Proteus mask is made up of a Spectra goggle, visor and facemask, which include ear covers and a strap. Model number 50085090201 includes a cooling fan. Model number 50105090201 does not include a fan. The model numbers are written on the packaging. Both masks are gray with clear, plastic ear covers. Only masks with clear ear covers are part of the recall. Paint ball equipment stores sold these masks nationwide from March 2001 through May 2001 for between $110 and $150.

Consumers should stop using these masks immediately, and return them to JT USA for a free replacement mask. For more information and shipping instructions, call JT USA at (800) 587-2246 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or write to The Recall Dept., JTA USA Inc., 515 Main St., Chula Vista, CA 91911. Consumers also can go to the firm's web site at www.jtusa.com.