Recall: Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machetes
On 2012-08-16, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machetes due to a potential laceration hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2011 for about $43 to $349.
About 100,000 units are involved in this Gerber machete recall. Instance(s) of injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 3rd recall of products in the Knives (Pocket / Camping / Hunting) category in 2012.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 600,000 product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (877) 314-9130
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What is the problem?
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.
Instance(s) of injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
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" 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.
This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1665
These items were sold new+ 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.
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 stop using the recalled Parang machetes and contact Gerber Legendary Blades to receive a free replacement.
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
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
The firm received 24 reports of breakages, including one report of a laceration injury in Canada, which did not involve stitches.
+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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