1 million chainsaws due to injury hazard — RECALL ALERT

Lawrence Kim
May 17, 2018

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling more than a million chainsaws, following multiple reports of power switch malfunctions.

Over a million chainsaws sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores across the USA have been recalled, because they may not turn off. Three people have been injured, one seriously.

The recalled chainsaws are 14-inch electric chainsaws sold under the Portland, One Stop Gardens and Chicago Electric brands. About 1,020,000 units are affected by the recall.

So far, the company is aware of 15 cases in which "chain saws continuing to operate after being turned off by the operator, resulting in three laceration injuries including one serious injury to the arm requiring stitches", the notice said.

A 14-inch Portland electric chain saw.

The Chicago Electric chainsaw is red and black, which "Chicago Electric" printed on the handle.

If you have one like this, stop using it immediately.

Chainsaw usage has been recommended to cease by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in a statement on Tuesday, CBS News reports. Replacements will be available starting May 21, 2018.

According to the agency's official website, deaths, injuries and damage caused by consumer product incidents add up to over $1 trillion per year.

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