Recall: Gerber Instant Knife
On 2012-04-26, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Gerber Instant Knife due to a potential laceration hazard. This product sold new beginning in February 2012 for about $50.
About 3,000 units are involved in this Gerber knife recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 2nd recall of products in the Knives (Pocket / Camping / Hunting) category in 2012.
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 locking mechanism on the spring-assisted blade can fail to engage properly, causing the blade to fold during use, posing a laceration hazard.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The recalled knives are spring-assisted clip knives with a black retractable 3.18" blade which can be folded into the textured black handle when the knife is not in use. The black handle has four diagonal slots on both sides. When closed, the knife measures 4.57" in length and when open, it measures 7.75". The Gerber "sword and shield" trademark appears in silver, on one side of the blade, close to the handle. The name "Gerber" is written in silver on the knife's pocket clip. This recall involves model numbers 30-000435 and 31-001101. The different model numbers refer to the same knife sold in a box (30-000435) and in a blister pack (31-001101). The model number is printed on the original packaging underneath the barcode. It is not printed on the knife.
These items were sold new+ at Sporting goods stores nationwide from February 2012 through March 2012 for about $50.
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 immediately stop using the recalled Instant Knives and contact Gerber Legendary Blades to receive a free replacement.
For additional information, please 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
+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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