Fire Hazard Prompts Recall of Remington and Craftsman Chainsaws

Both brands of chainsaw can leak fuel, posing a fire hazard

Craftsman Chainsaw / Fire Hazard Prompts Recall of Remington and Craftsman Chainsaws
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December 16, 2016

MTD Southwest is recalling roughly 19,500 Craftsman and 8,000 Remington gasoline-powered chainsaws due to a risk of fire.

Both brands of chainsaw may leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.

Affected Craftsman chainsaws are powered by a two-cycle gasoline engine ranging in size from 42cc to 46cc and with either a 16-inch, 18-inch, or 20-inch bar. The chainsaw's housing is red and black and Craftsman is printed on the side of the unit as well as on the bar. Chainsaws included in the recall have model numbers 41AY427S799 316.38070, 41AY429S799 316.38090, 41AY462S799 316.38098, and 41AY469S799 316.38188, and serial numbers 1K155XQ0198 through 1F076XQ0200. They were manufactured between November 15, 2015 and June 7, 2016.

The recalled Remington chainsaws are also powered by a two-cycle gasoline engine ranging in size from 42cc to 46cc and with either a 14-inch, 18-inch, or 20-inch bar. The chainsaw's housing is orange and black, and Remington is printed on the side of the unit and on the bar. Chainsaws included in this recall have model numbers RM4214, RM4218, and RM4620 and serial numbers 1K155XQ0198 through 1F076XQ0200. The manufacture dates are the same as those for the Craftsman models.

The model and serial numbers for both brands, in addition to the date of manufacture, are located on a white label above the rear handle. The second through fifth characters of the serial number identify the manufacturing date. The second character is the month with A= January, B= February, C = March, etc. The third and fourth characters are the day of the month. The fifth character is the last digit of the year of manufacture (e.g. B196 = February 19, 2016).

The Craftsman chainsaws were sold at Ace Hardware, Atwoods, Orchard Supply Hardware, and Sears, as well as online at OSH.com and Sears.com, from February 2016 through July 2016 for between $160 and $280. The Remington chainsaws were sold at Bi-Mart, Farmer's Furniture, Lowe's, Mid-States Distributing Co., and other retailers across the country, as well as online at Amazon.com and Lowes.com, from February 2016 through July 2016 for between $160 and $280.

Although there have been no incidents or injuries reported related to this recall, consumers are urged to immediately stop using the recalled chainsaws and to contact MTD Southwest's Craftsman and Remington recall lines, as appropriate, for instructions on how to obtain a free replacement chainsaw.

Consumers with questions can reach the company's Craftsman recall phone line at (866) 864-2949 and the Remington recall phone line at (888) 848-6038.

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