Razer Fined $1.1 Million for False Advertising of N95 Masks

Razer was accused of false advertising for its advanced N95-class mask and was ordered to pay a fine.

Razer unveiled the Zephyr advanced face mask with RGB lighting at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Six months later, in early 2022, the Pro version was introduced with improved audio capabilities. Razer at the time claimed that Zephyr was as effective as an N95 mask; however, it later retracted its claim.

After it was revealed that Razer had not obtained the necessary licenses, all references to N95 filters were removed from websites and other marketing materials. Razer must now pay more than $1.1 million to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and compensate for complaints related to advertising Zephyr masks as N95-rated masks without legal certification.

According to the FTC, Razer never sent Zephyr masks for testing to the US Food and Drug Administration or the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).

Razer was not included on the list of companies that have NIOSH-approved N95 masks, and the FTC said in the case that Razer only stopped its false advertising after consumer outrage.

Razer must hand over to the FTC the revenue it earned from the sale of Zephyr, which amounted to $1,071,254.33; the commission will use it to reimburse consumers. The Zephyr mask costs at least $100 for customers. Razer will be fined $100,000 for its unsubstantiated medical claims.

In addition to ordering Razer to refund customers’ money, the commission barred the company from making any claims that its products reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19 without proper FDA authorization.

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