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Horizon Hobby Recalls Model Helicopters

The blade can come off and strike bystanders

Horizon Hobby Inc. is recalling about 18,000 model helicopters because the main blade grips and main rotor blades can release from the main rotor head, posing an impact and laceration hazard.

The recall affects the Blade mCP X Bind-N Fly and Ready to Fly Remote Control Model Helicopters and replacement Blade mCP X Main Blade Grips with Bearings.

Horizon Hobby has received 312 reports of the rotor blades releasing from the rotor head, including 34 reports of a blade striking a user, resulting in 12 laceration injuries.


Blade ultra-micro indoor/outdoor helicopters have red and blue canopies with the name "Blade mCP X" printed on both sides. The model numbers are printed on the underside of the products' boxes with the bar code. The following are recalled:

Product NameSizeModel Number
Bind-N-Fly HelicopterLength 9.65 inchesBLH3580
Ready to Fly Helicopter (transmitter included)Length 9.65 inchesBLH3500
Main Blade Grips with Bearings (replacement part)Rotor Diameter .6 inchesBLH3514

Retailers nationwide sold the helicopters during March 2011 for $180 to $220 for the model helicopters and $10 for the replacement part. They were made in China.

Consumers should contact Horizon Hobby for free replacement of main rotor grips and do-it-yourself instructions.

For additional information, contact Horizon Hobby Support Team toll-free at (877) 504-0233 between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT on Saturdays, and between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Sundays, or visit the website at www.bladehelis.com/MCPX

Horizon Hobby Recalls Model Helicopters. The blade can come off....

Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Machetes


Gerber Legendary Blades is recalling about 155,000 machetes. The saw side of the machete can stick in wood during use, and if the user's hand slips off the handle and slides forward across the machete blade, this poses a laceration hazard.

The recall affects about 149,000 Gator Machetes and 6,000 Gator Machetes Jr.

Gerber has received five reports of individuals cutting themselves while using the Gator Machete, all of whom required stitches. Gerber has received no reports of injuries associated with use of the Gator Machete Jr.

This recall involves the Gerber Gator Machete and Gator Machete Jr. with the original handle (see picture below). The Gator Machete is approximately 25 1/2" long and the Machete Jr. is approximately 18 3/4" long. The blade is marked with the "Gerber" trademark. The Gator Machete and Machete Jr. with a modified handle (an extended hand guard) are not included in this recall (see picture below). Consumers should visually inspect their machete to determine if it is included in this recall.

The machetes were sold at retail stores nationwide, including The Sportsman's Guide, Dick's Sporting Goods and Bass Pro Shops/American Rod & Gun, and through on-line stores from March 2007 through February 2010 for between $16 and $25. They were made in China.

Consumers should stop using the recalled machetes immediately and contact Gerber to receive instructions on how to return the machete for a free replacement machete.

For more information, contact Gerber Legendary Blades toll-free at (877) 314-9130 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.gerbergear.com (pdf).

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Machetes...

Gerber Pocket Knives

August 29, 2007
Gerber Legendary Blades is recalling about 154,000 of its EAB (Exchange-A-Blade) pocket knives.

During use, the back of the blade of the knife can slide past the blade support, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Gerber has received eight reports of individuals cutting themselves while using the knife, including several who required stitches.

The recall involves Gerber EAB Pocket Knives, model numbers 22-41548, 22-41548CDIP, 22-01548W and 22-41548W. The knives are small, folding utility knives that can be clipped to the owners pocket. The knives are marked with the Gerber trademark.

The knives were sold at retail stores nationwide, including Wal-Mart, and through on-line stores from September 2006 through August 2007 for about $11.

They were manufactured in China.

Consumers should stop using the recalled knives immediately and contact Gerber to receive instructions on how to return the knife for a free replacement knife.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Gerber Legendary Blades toll-free at (877) 204-5510 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday or visit the firms Web site at www.gerbergear.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Gerber Pocket Knives...