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Harbor Freight Recalls 1.1 Million Pocketknives for Laceration Hazard

Harbor Freight Recalls 1.1 Million Pocketknives for Laceration Hazard

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling about 1.1 million Gordon Folding Knives because they pose a safety risk. According to a USA Today news report, the knives’ locking mechanism could fail to engage on the extension of the blade, which could pose a laceration hazard. The recall comes after seven reports of pocketknives failing to lock, which resulted in six reports of laceration injuries, including four that required medical attention.

Details of the Recall

The knives were sold for about $5 at the Calabasas, California-based home improvement chain, which has more than 1,000 stores nationwide, between July 2008 and July 2019. The knife is made of stainless steel and has a black metal handle. It also has five cutouts on each side of the handle.

The knife measures about 3 inches and has a silver-colored metal belt clip attached to the back of the handle. “China” is printed on one side and “Stainless Steel” is printed on the other side of the knife blades. Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled knives immediately and return them to a store for a full refund of a $5 store gift card plus sales tax. For more information about this recall, please call Harbor Freight at 1-800-444-3353.

Knife Injuries and Product Liability

Knives cause more disabling injuries than any other type of hand tool. According to a study commissioned by the National Institutes of Health, an estimated 8,250,914 knife-related injuries were treated in U.S. emergency departments from 1990 to 2008, averaging 434,259 injuries annually or 1,190 per day. Knives most frequently cause laceration injuries. Some knife injuries may even result in finger amputations or, sometimes, life-threatening situations.

Suppose a knife has injured you due to a product that has been defectively designed or manufactured or as a result of the manufacturer’s failure to warn. In that case, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, disabilities, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced product liability lawyer will be able to help injured victims and their families seek maximum compensation for their losses.


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