Gerber Recalls Instant Knife Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C.–(ENEWSPF)–April 26, 2012.  The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Gerber® Instant™ Knife

Units: About 3,000

Importer: Gerber Legendary Blades of Portland, Ore.

Hazard: The locking mechanism on the spring-assisted blade can fail to engage properly, causing the blade to fold during use, posing a laceration hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Description: 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.

Sold at: Sporting goods stores nationwide from February 2012 through March 2012 for about $50.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Instant Knives and contact Gerber Legendary Blades to receive a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: 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

Picture of recalled knife, in open position

Picture of recalled knife, in folded position

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov

Source: cpsc.gov