Wal-Mart Recalls Camping ‘Axe’

On Wednesday, October 3rd, Wal-Mart and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, (CPSC), jointly issued a recall of a camping axe sold nationwide. The recall applies to the Ozark Trail camp axe, Model No. 60111140, sold by Wal-Mart at stores and online for about $8, during January, 2017, through July, 2018. It has since been removed from the store’s inventories. According to the CPSC, the axe is being recalled because its head can come loose from the shaft and fly off. The agency has confirmed two injury reports, which resulted in minor injuries. Purchasers of the axe may return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

This item is actually a hatchet. Axes are heavier and have longer handles. But, having the incorrect name is the least of its problems. There are lots of times when a lesser expensive version of a tool will work just fine. For instance, a $1 bottle opener does the same job as a fancy expensive one. But, when it comes to certain tools, like axes, hatchets, field knives, machetes, and the like, cheaper alternatives are rarely the best choice. That’s true for two key reasons. First, they are typically used in remote places where dependability and safety really matter. Second, cheap ones typically don’t get the job done. And, lugging a two pound “axe” in your backpack to a camp site deep in the woods only to have it break apart when used is a pointless, annoying and dangerous exercise. Whereas, taking a sturdy alternative will making camping out the fun event it should be.

If you or a loved one is ever injured using a defective tool, please consider calling us. We have dealt with such cases for a very long time and we can quickly ascertain the proper method for holding the seller or manufacturer of such a tool properly accountable.