Paintball is one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Nowadays, with the right safety equipment, it can been relatively safe. However, in this instance, the manufacturer of the carbon dioxide cylinder used on the paintball gun knew about safety issues with the valve. According to the family’s investigation, the manufacturers knew of the potential danger from the valve-and-cylinder combination since 1990.
Unfortunately for the Contois family, their wife and mother was killed when a teenager player inadvertently detached a valve, launching his gun’s carbon-dioxide-filled cylinder like a missle. The cylinder struck Ms. Contois in the head. She died on the scene.
The family recovered $8 million for their loss. But the family and their attorney did not stop there. They insisted as part of the settlement that the company promise to publicize warnings about the dangers of old valves. The family then claimed that KEE Action Sports, the successor to National Paintball Supply, inherited the obligation to continue to warn consumers about these older valves. In another complaint to filed in Contra Costa County Superior Court, the family contends KEE has not lived up to their promises. The family says Kee has failed to post warnings on its Web site and elsewhere. KEE did not comment, citing the litigation, but they do have a statement on their website stating that they have reached out to the Contois family to resolve this.
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If you are thinking about playing paintball please be sure you have all of the safety equipment. You can look on these cites for safety tips and descriptions of gear you need to consider:
- Paintball Safety Tips
- Paintball Safety Gear and Safety Blog
- More Paintball Safety Tips