Gerber Machete Recall [Canada & US]

US CPSC RecallCanada HCSC RecallUS/Washington & Canada/Ottawa: Gerber recalls some Machetes with Stitched Sheaths due to laceration hazard. CPSC: http://ht.ly/lMJM5; HCSC: http://ht.ly/lMJUy

Direct US link: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2013/Gerber-Recalls-Machetes-with-Stitched-Sheaths/

Direct Canada link: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/33639r-eng.php

Additional information:
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) reports this recall involves some Stitched Sheaths sold in a set with Gerber’s curved blade Parang Machetes.

Gerber Bear Grylls MacheteAccording to the CPSC, there are five rivets on the bottom of the recalled Sheath and two rivets bordering the strap on top. The Machete itself measures 19.5 inches (about 50 centimeters) with a blade length of 13.5 inches (34 centimeters). The Sheath measures 16 inches (40 centimeters) long and 3.5 inches (9 centimeters) wide and has the word “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. Applicable model numbers include 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.

The CPSC reports the Parang Machete can cut through the stitching of the supplied Sheaths when the blade is taken from or replaced in the Sheath. This poses a laceration hazard. Gerber has received eight (8) reports of lacerations to the user’s hands or fingers, including three (3) injuries that required medical treatment including sutures.

Please note: this is a joint recall of the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”) and Health Canada (“HCSC”).

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CPSC recall number: 13-209
HCSC recall number: RA-33639
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2087
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