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Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Combo Axe Due to Laceration Hazard

  • The Combo Axe with a knife in the handle is included in this recall
  • The Combo Axe II with a saw in the handle is not included in this recall
Name of Product:
Gerber® Gator® Combo Axe
Hazard:
The knife in the axe handle can come out when the axe is used for chopping or hammering, posing a laceration hazard to the user.
Remedy:
Repair
New Instructions
Recall Date:
March 23, 2011
Units:
About 103,000
Consumer Contact

For more information, 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

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves the Gerber Gator Combo Axe, which has a 7-inch knife in the hollow axe handle. The axe is approximately 8.75 inches long with an axe head that is 4.75 inches x 2.7 inches. The axe handle is marked with the "Gerber" trademark. The Gerber Combo Axe II, which holds a saw in a longer axe handle, is not included in this recall.

Remedy:

Consumers should immediately remove the knife from the axe handle and contact Gerber to receive a free handle cap, which will hold the knife in the axe handle during transport and storage, instructions for the use of the handle cap, and a warning label to affix on the axe head.

Incidents/Injuries:

Gerber has received five reports of laceration injuries. All required stitches.

Sold At:
Retail stores nationwide, including The Sportsman's Guide, Dick's Sporting Goods and Bass Pro Shops/American Rod & Gun and online since March 2005 for around $28 - $60.
Importer(s):

Gerber Legendary Blades, of Portland, Ore., a division of Fiskars Brands Inc., of Madison, Wis.

Manufactured In:
Taiwan
Recall number:
11-182
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