Product recalls usually make a lot of sense from their headlines. For example, "cantaloupes recalled for Listeria" or "apple slices recalled for Listeria" make sense, because Listeria will make you wicked sick if it's in your system. But not all recalls make sense on their face.
One of the most recent product recalls is for the Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete, which if you don't know is a giant knife that is used to cut through brush. The recall has been announced because there is a risk of laceration (cutting) from the use of the machete, according to The Associated Press. Sure the actual danger is that the handle breaks and then it can cut you, but that's not clear from the headline.
There are about 119,000 affected machetes, which were those sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online between January 2011 and June 2012, and were sold either individually or as part of Gerber's Apocalypse Survival Kit. So far the firm has received about 24 reports of breakages with one injury, according to the AP.
To get more information contact Gerber Legendary Blades at 877-314-9130 between 12 to 8pm EDT or visit the company's website www.gerbergear.com.
This recall is probably a drag for Bear Grylls because the machete was supposed to be based on his "favorite" gift he ever received of a Parang machete when he was in Thailand. Now the machete must be recalled to prevent products liability claims from those who were attacking trees they were pretending were zombies.
While the machete could have had a design flaw that caused the handles to break, it is likely that the blame will land on the manufacturer. Whatever the case may be, Gerber was right to recall the Bear Grylls Parang Machete to avoid mass liability for a product that is supposed to stand up to a beating.