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Machetes with stitched sheaths recalled

Gerber Legendary Blades of Portland, Ore., has recalled the Gerber Bear Grylls Parang Machete with stitched sheaths because it might cut someone, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced.

The Chinese-made machete can cut through the stitching of the sheath when the blade is taken from or replaced in the sheath, the commission said in a statement.

Gerber has received eight reports of lacerations to a user's hands or fingers, including three injuries that required stitches, the statement said.

Replacements are available by calling Gerber at 877-314-9130 from noon to 8 p.m. Fort Wayne time weekdays, or online at www.gerbergear.com (click on "Product Notifications").

The machetes were sold as a set or as part of Gerber's Apocalypse Survival Kit, which includes a Parang machete among other items. About 80,000 of them were sold in the U.S. at sporting-goods stores and online from February 2012 to February 2013; the set cost about $43, and the survival kit cost about $349.

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