Razer made false N95 claims and must refund buyers of the RGB mask

Razer has been ordered to pay over $1.1 million to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve complaints about its Zephyr masks. The gaming peripherals company marketed these masks as N95-grade, suggesting they provided a high level of protection against airborne particles. However, it was found that Razer never obtained proper certification for the masks.

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The Zephyr masks, which featured built-in RGB lighting and later a “Pro” version with voice amplification, were released amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Razer initially claimed that the masks were as effective as N95 masks but later removed references to “N95-grade” filters from its marketing materials.

According to the FTC, Razer failed to submit the Zephyr masks for testing to the FDA or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the entities responsible for certifying masks. Despite the lack of certification, Razer continued its false advertising until facing backlash from consumers.

As part of the settlement, Razer must pay $1,071,254.33 in revenue earned from selling Zephyr masks, which were priced at a minimum of $100 each. Additionally, the company will pay a $100,000 fine for its misleading health claims.

Furthermore, the FTC has imposed restrictions on Razer’s future marketing practices. The company is prohibited from making unsubstantiated claims about its products’ ability to prevent COVID-19 transmission without FDA approval. It is also barred from making health claims without scientific evidence and falsely stating that its products meet government standards when they do not.