Harbor Freight Tools recalls chainsaws

Originally appeared on Consumer Affairs

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/recalls/harbor-freight-tools-recalls-chainsaws-051518.html

The power switch can continue to operate after being turned off

By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs

May 15, 2018

Harbor Freight Tools of Camarillo, Calif., is recalling about 1 million Portland, One Stop Gardens and Chicago Electric 14-inch electric chainsaws.

The power switch 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.

The firm 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.

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.

The model number is printed on a label on the bottom of the chainsaw.

Brand

Model Number

Color

Portland

67255 or 61592

Green and black

One Stop Gardens

67255 or 61592

Green and black

Chicago Electric

67255 or 61592

Red and black

The chainsaws, manufactured in China, were sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores nationwide and online at www.harborfreight.com from May 2009, through February 2018, for about $50.

What to 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. Replacement units will be available starting May 21, 2018.

Consumers may contact Harbor Freight Tools at 800-444-3353 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (PT), by email at recall@harborfreight.com or online at www.harborfreight.com and click on Recall Safety Information on the bottom of the homepage for more information.

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