Over One Million Defective Knives Recalled October 30, 2019
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced a recall including more than 1.1 million Gordon brand folding knives due to laceration hazards. The manufacturer has received at least seven reports of incidents or injuries associated with the defective knives so far, four of which required professional medical attention.
Defective Gordon Folding Knives
Due to a manufacturing defect, the knife’s locking mechanism can fail to engage when the blade is extended, which leads to laceration risks. The recalled knives are approximately 3 inches long. They are stainless steel with black metal on the handle – and five cutouts on each of the handle’s sides. “Stainless steel” is printed on one side of the knife blade, and “China” on the other.
The knives were sold at Harbor Freight Tools’ stores nationwide (as well as online and by telephone) for around $5. Consumers who own a defective Gordon knife should discontinue use immediately and return it to a Harbor Freight Tools store in order to receive a full refund in the form of store credit.
Manufacturer Responsibility and Filing Products Liability Claims
Product manufacturers are legally obligated to make products that are safe for consumers to use. When a person is injured from a defective or unreasonably unsafe product, he or she may want to consider speaking with a lawyer about whether or not to file a products liability claim.
Products liability claims against manufacturers can result from the following scenarios:
- A product has a design defect or flaw that makes it inherently dangerous for consumers to use,
- The manufacturer fails to warn consumers about a product’s potential dangers and/or how to properly – and safely – use the product, and/or:
- A product malfunctions because it was not designed properly, which is the case with the recalled Gordon folding knives. Because of a manufacturing defect, the knife’s locking mechanism fails to engage and endangers consumers.
If you would like to learn more about the Harbor Freight Tools recall or determine whether you own an affected model, please visit the CPSC’s release here: https://cpsc.gov/Recalls/2020/Harbor-Freight-Tools-Recalls-Gordon-Folding-Knives-Due-to-Laceration-Hazard.
Philadelphia Products Liability Lawyers at Galfand Berger, LLP Represent Injured Individuals
If you or a loved one experienced injuries associated with an unreasonably unsafe product, please contact the Philadelphia personal injury attorneys at Galfand Berger. With offices located in Philadelphia, Bethlehem, Lancaster, and Reading, we serve clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. To schedule a consultation, call us at 800-222-8792 or complete our online contact form.