Harbor Freight has recalled over one million of their Gordon folding pocketknives over concerns of laceration. The folding knife brand has an issue with the locking mechanism that keeps the blade folded into the handle, which can pose a serious threat of injury.
Why Did Harbor Freight Issue the Recall?
The Gordon folding pocketknife, one of Harbor Freight’s most popular tools, has been recalled over concerns relating to its locking mechanism. The locking mechanism in question engages when the knife is in upright position or when it’s closed.
This failure of the locking mechanism can pose a serious laceration or stabbing threat. If you’re operating the knife to cut or open something, failure of the locking mechanism could result in the blade closing over your hand. This could even cut off a finger if the angle was just right.
Has Anyone Been Injured by the Gordon Knives?
Harbor Freight stated that they are aware of at least seven instances of the Gordon knives having their locking mechanisms fail. In six of these incidents, the knives folded in such a way that they caused lacerations on their users.
In four of those six incidents, the injuries were severe enough to require a hospital visit. Harbor Freight urges owners of the recalled knives to discontinue use of them immediately.
What Should You Do if Your Knife Was Recalled?
The Gordon knives in question were sold at Harbor Freight between 2008 and July 2019. If you own a Gordon pocketknife that you purchased from Harbor Freight, then you should stop using it right away. If you bring the knife back to the retailer, they will issue you a full refund of your purchase and a $5 gift card for their store.
Remember that any pocketknife should be handled with care. All bladed instruments can be dangerous and even deadly. Knives are tools, but they can also be weapons. Keep any knives properly stored, and always practice proper knife safety when using one. Make sure that your knife is always out of reach of any children, and keep it clear of any persons with mental health concerns.