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Recall: Gerber EAB (Exchange-A-Blade) Pocket Knives

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On 2007-08-29, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Gerber EAB (Exchange-A-Blade) Pocket Knives due to a potential laceration hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2006 for about $11.00.

About 200,000 units are involved in this Gerber Plumbing Fixtures pocket knife 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 2007. Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls, involving about 600,000 product units.

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Gerber EAB (Exchange-A-Blade) Pocket Knives
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What is the problem?

During use, the back of the blade of the knife can slide past the blade support, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.

How can I tell if I own this product?

The recall involves Gerber EAB Pocket Knives, model numbers 22-41548, 22-41548CDIP, 22-01548W and 22-41548W. The knives are small, folding utility knives that can be clipped to the owners pocket. The knives are marked with the Gerber trademark.

These items were sold new+ at Retail stores nationwide, including Wal-Mart, and through on-line stores from September 2006 through August 2007 for about $11.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should stop using the recalled knives immediately and contact Gerber to receive instructions on how to return the knife for a free replacement knife.

For more information, contact Gerber Legendary Blades toll-free at 800-950-6161 Ext. 1206 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday or visit the firms Web site at www.gerbergear.com

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Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

Gerber has received eight reports of individuals cutting themselves while using the knife, including several individuals who required stitches.

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+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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