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Machete set recalled due to laceration hazard

Posted by: Jane Friedmann under Dangerous products, Whistleblower Updated: June 12, 2013 - 3:51 PM

The sheath of a 19.5-inch-long machete is being recalled because the blade can cut through the sheath, with unfortunate results, according to a recall by a Portland, Ore., company Gerber Legendary Blades, as announced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission last week.

The recall is based on eight reports of cuts to users' hands or fingers. Three injuries required stitches.

 

About 80,000 Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete and stitched-sheath sets are included in the recall. The sheath housing the 13.5-inch-long curved blade has five rivets on the bottom and two rivets near the top strap, measures 16 inches long and 3.5 inches wide and has "GERBER" printed in gray and two Bear Grylls logos in orange.

Two other styles of sheaths for the same machete are not included in the recall.

The machete and sheath were sold through sporting goods stores nationwide and online for about $43 or as part of Gerber's Apocalypse Survival Kit, which cost about $350.

Model numbers, shown on the packaging are 31-000698, 31-001507 and 31-002289. The Apocalypse Survival Kit that contains the recalled sheath has a model number of 30-000601, located on the packaging.

Consumers should contact Gerber to receive a fully-riveted sheath. Call 877-314-9130 or go to www.gerbergear.com and click on "Product Notifications."

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