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Greenlee recalls utility knives due to laceration hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Greenlee Textron Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of the Folding Pocket Utility Knife. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Folding Pocket Utility Knife

Units: 1,800

Manufacturer: Greenlee Textron Inc., of Rockford, Ill.

Hazard: The blade's locking mechanism can fail, allowing the blade to fold inward toward the handle, posing a laceration hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of the blade lock failing. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Greenlee Hawk Bill folding pocket utility knives with model numbers 0652-27 and UT652-27. The models are identical. Each has a single curved 2.6-inch stainless steel blade and a 4-inch green and black plastic handle. The Greenlee name and logo are printed on the blade. Model numbers are printed in the upper right corner of the boxes in which the knives are packaged.

Sold by: Distributors of professional tools and products nationwide from September 2011 through November 2011 for about $20.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled knife and return it to the distributor for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Greenlee toll-free at (800) 435-0786 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT or visit the firm's website at www.greenlee.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12119.html

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