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Rapala recalls 3,000 ice augers

Paul Walsh/Minneapolis Star Tribune

Minnetonka-based Rapala has recalled 3,000 ice augers because the trigger could malfunction and leave the unit running, federal officials said.

The recall announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission involves the StrikeMaster ice auger, which was sold from late 2014 through January 2015 at Cabela's, Gander Mountain and other retail outlets in the United States and Canada for about $600.

The faulty trigger switch creates the potential for injury. The CPSC said it's received no reports of anyone being harmed.

Anyone who owns this model of ice auger is encouraged to contact the manufacturer at 1-877-572-7278 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. CDT or visit the recall link at www.strikemaster.com. A full refund or credit is being offered to owners of the ice auger, which runs on an electric motor and a rechargeable 50-volt lithium ion battery.

Rapala has been operating since 1936 and is best known for its fishing lures. It also produces other fishing gear and clothing.

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