The Portland, Oregon-based Gerber Legendary Blades has announced a voluntary recall of its Gerber Instant Knife. This recall affects somewhere in the neighborhood of 3,000 units. Created in China but imported by Gerber, the knives work by utilizing a spring assisted blade.
The reason for the recall is that this spring assisted blade’s locking mechanism is in danger of failing. If this happens, it could cause the blade to close on the user’s hand, leading to a potentially severe laceration. Thankfully, there have yet to be any reported instances of this event taking place.
The knives in question were available in either a blister pack or a box between February and March of this year. Consumers should be on the lookout for the item numbers 30-000435 and 30-001101. It should be noted, however, that these numbers cannot be found on the knife itself, but rather on the packaging that the product came in. The knives, which retailed for about $50, were available at various sporting goods stores across the country.
To avoid a mishap, users are being instructed to stop using the knives at once. Affected persons can get a free replacement knife by getting in touch with Gerber Legendary Blades.
It’s my wish as an Oakland personal injury lawyer that everyone out there heed this important announcement. It’s easy to look past a recall, thinking that the announcement is an overexaggeration of the inherent danger of a product. However, as a personal injury attorney in San Jose, I can tell you firsthand that this isn’t the case. Recalls should be respected and treated like the important safety warnings that they are.