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Machetes recalled after blades break

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Gerber Legendary Blades, of Portland, Ore., on Thursday announced a voluntary recall of about 119,000Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machetes.

It said weakness in the area where the handle meets the blade can cause the handle or the blade to break, posing a laceration hazard. Twenty-four have been reported broken, the recall notice said, and one person was injured.

They were sold at sporting goods stores nationwide and online from January 2011 through June 2012. They sold for about $43 for the individual Parang machetes and $349 as part of the Apocalypse Survival Kits.

Gerber Legendary Blades will provide a free replacement. Call 877-314-9130 or visit the firm’s website at www.gerbergear.com.

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