Harbor Freight Tools recalls 1.1 million knives due to safety risk
(WENY) – Harbor Freight Tools is recalling more than one million folding knives due to a safety risk.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1.1 million Gordon Folding Knives were taken off the shelves because the locking mechanism can fail to engage on the extension of the blade, posing a cutting risk.
The knife is stainless steel with black metal on the handle and five cutouts on each side of the handle. The knife measures about three inches and also has a silver-colored metal belt clip attached to the back of the handle. “China” is printed on one side and “Stainless Steel” is printed on the other side of the knife blade.
They were reportedly sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide, by phone and online from July 2008 through July 2019 for about five dollars.
Officials say people who bought the knifes should immediately stop using them and return them to a Harbor Freight Tools Store for a full refund in the form of a $5 store gift card, plus sales tax.
According to the CPSC, Harbor Freight has received seven reported of the knife failing to lock, resulting in six reports of cuts, including four that required medical attention.
Locally, there are two Harbor Freight Tools stores; one in Ithaca and one in Big Flats.