China makes defective zombie-killing machetes
Apparently, the only folks who have little to fear from defective products from China are the undead.
As the Orlando Sentinel is reporting, Gerber Legendary Blades has announced a voluntary recall of roughly 119,000 machetes, including ones designed to kill zombies.
The recalled machetes were part of Gerber's "Apocalypse Survival Kit," marketed as key tools for confronting the undead:
"If the Dead walk, the continuation of the human race will become a daily struggle. Are you prepared to protect and defend your family and friends? Your best chance lies in the Gerber Apocalypse Survival Kit."
Apparently, the Chinese-made machete has a design flaw in the area where the handle meets the blade.
ManufactureThis has previously posted blog items on unsafe products from China-- everything from Cadmium-laced Miley Cyrus bracelets to tainted Heparin medication (that killed dozens of Americans). The list just goes on and on-- toxic drywall, poisoned pet food...
Defective products from China is a long-running issue and, in 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took the unusual step of setting up its first-ever office outside of the United States. The CPSC built an office in China to try to reduce the amount of dangerous products reaching the American market.
CPSC head Inez Tenenbaum explained that "Rather than rely on recalls to help us enforce our standards in the United States, (we will) move toward being more proactive and prevent problems from occurring in the first place."
It would be nice if the U.S. stopped importing so many faulty products from China, and if Beijing actually made a real effort to monitor its manufacturers. Building a CPSC office in China seems like a token gesture to fix a much more serious problem.
All this might be moot, however, if the dead return to life. In that case, we recommend hunting zombies with American-made knives like Case Knives manufactured in Bradford, Pennsylvania. Or, it's worth investing in a Buck Knife, now that the company has returned production of Buck Knives from China to Idaho.
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