Combo Axe Recalled Due to Laceration Hazard

By Bryan Mercer

The Combo Axe II is NOT involved in this recall.

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March 29, 2011 Updated Mar 29, 2011 at 10:12 AM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Combo Axe Due to Laceration Hazard

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.

About 103,000 units were 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.

The company says that 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.

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

Owners 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.

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.

The Gerber Combo Axe II, which holds a saw in a longer axe handle, is not included in this recall.

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