A statement from the company’s website:
Gerber is voluntarily recalling our Parang machete, model numbers 31-000698, 31-001507, 31-000986, 31-001111, and 30-0006010, due to safety concerns. A weakness in the area where the handle meets the blade can cause the handle or the blade to break during use, posing a laceration hazard.
These Parangs were first sold in January of 2011. They were sold separately, and also as one of the products in Gerber’s Apocalypse Survival Kit.
If you own one of these Parangs, stop using it immediately, put it into its sheath, and follow these instructions:
Please provide us with your name, street address, city, state, zip code, telephone number and email. We will then send you a prepaid shipping carton for you to use to return your Parang to us at our expense. Once you receive the carton, please put your Parang in its sheath into the carton, seal the carton, and drop it off at any FedEx Mailing Location. After we receive your Parang, we will mail you a free replacement Parang. It may take a few weeks to process the returned Parang and send you your free replacement. We appreciate your patience.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but your safety is our primary concern.