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West Virginia residents understand why most products are recalled. Some dangerous or defective products, like foods, are recalled because of the potential of listeria contamination. Some products, like baby cribs, are recalled because an infant could get stuck and suffocate. However, when a knife is being recalled because it may cause a cut, it can seem a bit strange. 

Gerber, a company that sells hunting gear, has recently had to recall over 160,000 of its folding knives. Apparently, the reason for the recall is due to the blade becoming unlocked for no reason. This poses the potential risk of a person suffering an unnecessary cut.

As of now, Gerber has received six separate reports of injuries related to the problem with these knives. Two of the six incidents reportedly required the placement of stitches. These knives have been sold at Home Depot, Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops and various other stores nationwide. They were sold for roughly $30 a piece between January 2013 and March 2015. Consumers should contact Gerber for a replacement.

While this recall may not have made sense to many West Virginia residents at first, it should be clear now what potential harm could come from using these Gerber folding knives. If one should become injured by this product or any one of the other dangerous or defective products that have been recalled, it is important to consider that there may be the potential for a lawsuit against the product manufacturer. If evidence can be brought forward to prove a manufacturer’s negligence, a victim may be able to receive compensation for his or her injuries. 

Source: The New York Times, “160,000 Folding Knives Recalled After Accidental Cuts“, May 26, 2015