The Column, No. 99:

Gerber Cohort Folding Knife Recall


Gerber Cohort

Name of product:

Gerber Cohort Folding Knife

Hazard:

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

Remedy:

Replacement

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.

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.

Remedy:

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

Sold at:

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

Importer:

Gerber Legendary Blades of Portland, Oregon
Manufactured in China

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 www.gerbergear.com and click on Product Notifications for more information.




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