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Gerber Recalls Cohort Knives Due to Laceration Hazard

Name of Product: Cohort Folding Knife

Hazard: The locking mechanism can fail to hold the blade, posing a laceration hazard.

Remedy: Replace

Consumers should stop using the knife and contact Gerber for a replacement.

Consumer Contact: Gerber Legendary Blades toll free at (877) 314-9130 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.gerbergear.com and click on Product Notifications for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 150,000 in the United States and 11,000 in Canada

Description: The Cohort is an open frame folding clip knife with either a black or dark gray anodized aluminum handle. The tail end of the handle includes a lanyard hole. When the knife blade is fully extended, it is held in the open positon with a liner lock function. When fully extended, the overall length of the knife is about 7 inches. When closed, the knife measures about 4 inches. The knife blade is 3 inches long, weighs less than 3 ounces and has the Gerber “sword and shield” trademark in silver on the non-clip side of the blade. The Gerber name appears on the knife clip. Model numbers can be found underneath the UPC barcode on the lower right corner on the rear of the hanging blister packaging. For box packaging, the model number is found on the bottom of the box. To view a list of model numbers being recalled, click here: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2015/Gerber-Recalls-Cohort-Knives/

A product date code appears on the blade, beneath the thumb stud, on the clip side of the knife. The last figure in the code is a letter, and the recall applies to all Cohort knives with the letters “E” and “F.”

Incidents/Injuries: Gerber received six reports of laceration injuries, two of which required stitches.

Sold at: Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Home Depot, other retailers nationwide and online at http://www.gerbergear.com and other online sporting goods stores from January 2013 through March 2015 for about $30.

Importer: Gerber Legendary Blades of Portland, Oreg.

Manufactured in: China

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

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