Harbor Freight Tools Issues Recall for More Than One Million Chainsaws That Pose Serious Injury Hazard
This recall involves two models of 14-inch chainsaws sold under three different brand names
More than one million Portland, One Stop Gardens, and Chicago-brand electric chainsaws are being recalled by their manufacturer, Harbor Freight Tools.
The power switch on the recalled chainsaws can malfunction and allow the chainsaw to continue operating after the operator moves the switch to the 'off' position, posing a serious injury hazard to the operator.
This recall involves two models of 14-inch chainsaws sold under three different brand names. The Portland and One Stop Gardens brand chainsaws have a green and black color scheme and Portland printed on the blades. The Chicago Electric brand chainsaw has a red and black color scheme and Chicago Electric printed on the chainsaw handle.
All recalled chainsaws were sold with a black blade guard. A model number of 67255 or 61592 is printed on a label on the bottom of the chainsaw.
When and where were they sold?
The affected chainsaws were sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide and online at harborfreight.com from May 2009 through February 2018.
To date, Harbor Freight Tools has received 15 reports of chainsaws continuing to operate after being turned off by the operator, resulting in three laceration injuries including one serious injury to the arm requiring stitches.
What should consumers do?
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chainsaws and return the product to their local Harbor Freight Tools store for a free replacement chainsaw. The company says that replacement units will be available beginning on May 21, 2018.
For more information about this recall, contact Harbor Freight Tools at (800) 444-3353.