Friday, August 17, 2012

Gerber Machete Product Recall For Laceration Hazard - SERIOUSLY!!!

When I post product recalls, I tend to be rather serious about the situation.  I pick and choose those recalls that could impact a large number of customers or threaten our children's safety.

With that said, this next recall is a funny sounding recall, though there is still a serious edge to it.  (Cripes... that wasn't supposed to be a pun.)  And THIS IS A SERIOUS RECALL:

Gerber Recalls Machetes Due to Laceration Hazard

(I'm pretty dang sure machetes, in and of themselves, do pose a laceration hazard, at the minimum!)

And to get it out of the way, this Gerber is not the baby product related Gerber... but rather, Gerber Legendary Blades.

With that said, here's the press release outlining this safety issue:

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The Gerber(r) Bear Grylls Parang Machetes, with about 119,000 units out on the street, from Gerber Legendary Blades, of Portland, Ore. is the product of concern.

The safety Hazard: A weakness in the area where the handle meets the blade can cause the handle or the blade to break during use, posing a laceration hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm received 24 reports of breakages, including one report of a laceration injury in Canada, which did not involve stitches.

Description: The recalled product is a curved blade machete with an overall length of 19.5 inches and a blade length of 13.5 inches. The handle is a dark gray textured rubber grip with wrist lanyard, orange trim and a stylized "BG" on it. The blade is marked with the "GERBER(r)" trademark and a stylized Bear Grylls trademark. The machete comes in a black nylon sheath with orange and gray trim. The machetes were sold separately or as one of the products in Gerber's Apocalypse Survival Kit. The model numbers are on the package. Model numbers are: 31-000698, which has "Survival Series" printed on the package; and 31-001507, which was sold only at Walmart. Model number 30-0006010 is for the Apocalypse Survival Kit, which includes a Parang machete among other items in a foldable black cloth case with "GERBER" printed in orange on the inside right.

Sold at: Sporting goods stores nationwide and online from January 2011 through June 2012 for about $43 for the individual Parang machetes and $349 for the Apocalypse Survival Kits.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Parang machetes and contact Gerber Legendary Blades to receive a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Gerber Legendary Blades toll-free at (877) 314-9130 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.gerbergear.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1665

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12248.html

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