Fiskars Canada, Inc. voluntarily announces a Retrofit Program for the Gerber® Gator® Combo Axe

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Fiskars Canada is voluntarily notifying consumers of a retrofit program for the Gerber® Gator® Combo Axe, model number 22-49470 as a precautionary measure due to the following safety concern:

          If the user is hammering or chopping with the axe prior to removing the knife from the handle; the force in which the axe hits can cause the knife to come out of the handle and stick upright, and on the next down stroke the knife can pose a laceration hazard to the user.

No reported incidents or injuries have resulted in Canada. This Retrofit is a voluntary and precautionary measure by Fiskars.

Consumers who have a Combo Axe should always remove the knife from the axe handle before using the axe, and contact Gerber immediately to receive their free Handle Cap, instructions for installing the Handle Cap, and a warning sticker.  Once installed on the axe, the Handle Cap will keep the knife securely in the axe handle during transport and storage.

Combo Axes sold by Gerber since March 2011 have the Handle Cap already installed.  If you purchased a Combo Axe with a Handle Cap, there is no need for you to contact Gerber, but you should still always remove the knife from the axe handle before using the axe.

Note that the Gerber Combo Axe II, Model Number 22-41420, which combines a longer axe with a saw in its handle, is not involved in this corrective action.

Image with caption: "Gerber® Gator® Combo Axe, model number 22-49470 (CNW Group/Fiskars)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110916_C4279_PHOTO_EN_3388.jpg

SOURCE Fiskars

For further information:

consumers should call Gerber toll-free at 1-877-314-9130 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website (www.gerbergear.com).

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