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Anglers and kitchen aficionados should stop using their rechargeable Rapala filleting knives as they can catch fire.
In one of the more unusual product recalls we’ve seen, Rapala partnered with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). call back voluntarily 128,000 fillet knives due to a fire hazard.
In particular, the Finnish manufacturer of high-quality fish bait and accessories warns that the battery of older models of its rechargeable fillet knife can overheat and possibly pose a fire risk.
“RapalaUSA has received reports that batteries in older rechargeable Rapala filleting knives catch fire when charged with chargers other than the ones that came with the knife,” the brand said his recall page.
According to the CPSC, there have been 12 cases of “overheating and fire” of batteries but no reports of injuries.
Rapala rechargeable fillet knife recall
To fix the problem, Rapala is replacing the batteries in the affected models. However, the brand advises that consumers should always use the charger supplied by the manufacturer with their knives. This will “ensure proper charging and … prevent damage”.
This recall only covers Rapala rechargeable filleting knives with no white ETL label on the battery. Consumers can find the label in question by removing the battery, as shown below.
Remove battery (left); approved battery with ETL label (center); recalled battery without ETL label (right)
The knives were sold for $ 101 in Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s, Fleet Farm, other sporting goods stores across the country and online at Rapala.com from March 2011 to December 2018. The knife handles are black and gray, the Rapala logo is printed in red. together with the word “ION” in white.
Visit Rapala Callback page For more information. If you think you have a knife suitable for a free replacement battery, send an email [email protected].
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