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Check that ice auger before you put it away: Thousands recalled by manufacturer

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With spring almost here, ice fishing season is at an end, but before anglers stow their gear until next winter they should take a close look at their ice augers.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a recall for 3,000 of Rapala's StrikeMaster Lithium Lazer ice auger.

It was sold from late 2014 through January 2015 at Cabela’s, Gander Mountain and other retail outlets, priced at about $600. The black and red auger weighs 24 pounds and is powered by an electric motor and a rechargeable 50-volt lithium ion battery.

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The trigger switch on the auger could fail and prevent it from turning off, creating a potential for injury. The CPSC said it’s received no reports of anyone being harmed.

Owners should return it to the place of purchase or return it to Rapala for a full refund or $700 credit toward a new product. The recall link is www.strikemaster.com.

The Star Tribune reported in 2012 that Rapala acquired auger-maker StrikeMaster Corp. of Big Lake, Minnesota. At the time, StrikeMaster had 10 employees, and held a 70 percent share of the handheld and a 50 percent share of the power auger markets in the U.S.

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Based in Finland, Rapala VMC has 32 distribution companies around the world. Rapala USA, based in Minnetonka, is the largest in the group, with about 100 employees.

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