Razor to Pay $1.1 Million FTC Fine Over Misleading Mask Marketing

| Updated on 2 May 2024

Gaming lifestyle brand, Razor was hit with a $1.1 million fine on Tuesday by FTC. The order claims that the company misled consumers by claiming that its Zephyr Mask was N95 certified. 

FTC Bureau of Consumer Projection Director Samuel Levine released a statement in which he said this. “These businesses falsely claimed, in the midst of a global pandemic, that their face mask was the equivalent of an N95-certified respirator. The FTC will continue to hold accountable businesses that use false and unsubstantiated claims to target consumers who are making decisions about their health and safety.” 

Additionally, Razor is also required to pay a $100000 penalty. The FTC noted that Razor marketed their mask as N95 certified without undergoing necessary testing and certifications from the Food and Drug Administration and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. 

The FTC is also barring the sale of these masks and “making COVID-related health misrepresentations or unsubstantiated health claims about protective health equipment.”

“prohibit[ing] the defendants from representing the health benefits, performance, efficacy, safety, or side effects of protective goods and services (as defined in the proposed order), unless they have competent and reliable scientific evidence to support the claims made.”

This filing from FTC suggests that Razor intentionally deceived their customers into believing that their mask would protect them against COVID-19.

Gaurav Pal

Tech Journalist

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