The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced the recall of a number of Gerber® Bear Grylls Parang Machetes due to a tendency for the handle or blade to break off while in use, posing a risk of laceration to the consumer, reports PRNewswire.
Around 119,000 of the machetes, imported by Gerber Legendary Blades of Portland, Oregon and sold at sporting good stores across the U.S. as well as online between January 2011 and June 2012 for approximately $43, have been recalled because of a weakness in the area where the blade meets the handle, which can allow the blade and handle to separate during use, posing a laceration hazard to the user.
The defective machete is a total of 19.5 inches long, with a 13.5 inch long curved blade. The blade comes with a nylon black sheath that has orange and grey trim. The handle is colored deep grey and has a rubber grip and wrist lanyard. For complete product details, click here.
There have been a total of 24 reports of the blade and handle breaking apart, one of which resulted in a laceration to a Canadian user.
Consumers who own one or more of these machetes are encouraged to stop their use immediately and to contact Gerber Legendary Blades for a replacement, free of charge. Gerber Legendary Blades can be reached by phone at (877) 314-9130, or online at www.gerbergear.com.
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