Snow Peak Recalls about 220 Axes with Defective Handles that Pose an Injury Hazard

Snow Peak Recalls about 220 Axes with Defective Handles that Pose an Injury Hazard
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May 7, 2015

Snow Peak is recalling about 220 axes due to a handle defect.

The handle of the Japanese Axe can crack, allowing the head to come loose, posing a laceration or impact hazard to the user or those nearby.

To date, no injuries or incidents have been reported.

The recalled Japanese Axe M has item number R-061 printed on the back page of the included manual. A small black snowflake (asterisk) is burnt into the handle near the hole at the end of the handle. The axe was sold with a white leather holder for the head that attaches with a snap strap.

It was sold at outdoor equipment retail stores including Adventure 16, Backcountry Gear LTD, Camp Saver, Snow Peak Portland Store, UTE Mountaineer, and online from December 2013 through August 2014 for about $160.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled Japanese Axe and return it to Snow Peak's Portland retail store or contact the company for a free replacement.

Snow Peak can be contacted at (855) 407-8390.