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Gerber® Bear Grylls Parang Machete

Starting date:
August 16, 2012
Posting date:
August 16, 2012
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Miscellaneous
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Audience:
General Public (GP)
Identification number:
RA-14920

Joint Recall with Gerber Legendary Blades, Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC)

Affected products

Gerber® Bear Grylls Parang Machete

Product description

This recall involves the Gerber® Bear Grylls Parang, which is a curved blade machete with an overall length of 49.5 centimetres (19.5 inches) and a blade length of 34.25 centimetres (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, 31-000986 and 31-001111. 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.

Hazard identified

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.

Gerber Legendary Blades has received 24 reports of breakages, including one report of a laceration injury in Canada, which did not involve stitches.

Health Canada did receive the report of the laceration injury related to the use of the Parang machete in Canada.

Number sold

Approximately 13,184 of the recalled Parang machetes were sold in Canada and approximately 119,000 were sold in the United States at sporting goods stores and online.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from January 2011 to June 2012 in Canada and the United States.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Importer
Fiskars Canada Inc.
Markham
Ontario
CANADA
Tel: 1-877-495-6645
Manufacturer
Best Gifts Enterprises (Yangjiang) Ltd, Yangjiang, China.
CHINA

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the Parang machetes and contact Gerber Legendary Blades to receive a free replacement.

For additional information, consumers may contact Gerber Legendary Blades toll-free at 1-877-314-9130 between 9 AM and 5 PM PT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.