Recall: Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete With Stitched Sheaths
On 2013-06-06, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete With Stitched Sheaths due to a potential laceration hazard. This product sold new beginning in February 2012 for about $43 to $349.
About 80,000 units are involved in this Gerber sheath recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 1st recall of products in the Knives (Pocket / Camping / Hunting) category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 700,000 product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (877) 314-9130
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What is the problem?
The Parang machete can cut through the stitching of the sheaths when the blade is taken from or replaced in the sheath, posing a laceration hazard.
Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall involves stitched sheaths sold with curved blade Parang machetes. The stitched sheath is made of black nylon, with only stitching on the curved side. There are five rivets on the bottom of the sheath and two rivets bordering the strap on top. The machete measures 19.5 inches with a blade length of 13.5 inches. The sheath measures 16 inches long and 3.5 inches wide and has "GERBER" printed in gray and two Bear Grylls logos in orange.
The machetes with sheaths were sold as a set or as part of Gerber's Apocalypse Survival Kit, which includes a Parang machete among other items in a foldable black cloth case with "GERBER" printed on the inside right. The model numbers are on the package. Model numbers are: 31-000698, 31-001507 and 31-002289. Model number 30-000601 is on the package for the Apocalypse Survival Kit. The stitched sheath is the only one of three styles of sheaths sold with the Parang machete included in this recall.
According to the CPSC, this product was also recalled in Canada. Once available, Health Canada's press release can be found here http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/index-eng.php?cat=2
These items were sold new+ at Sporting goods stores nationwide and online from February 2012 through February 2013 for about $43 for the machete and sheath set, and $349 for the Survival Kit.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately store the covered Parang machete in a safe area away from children. Contact Gerber Legendary Blades to receive a free replacement fully-riveted sheath.
Gerber Legendary Blades toll-free at (877)314-9130 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.gerbergear.com and click on "Product Notifications" at the bottom of the page.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Gerber has received eight reports of lacerations to the user's hands or fingers, including three injuries that required stitches.Â
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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