Harbor Freight Tools said it is recalling two models of chainsaws sold under different brand names for a switch problem that could seriously injure the operator.
The Camarillo, California-based retailer says the power switch on the chainsaw models under recall can malfunction, remaining on after the operator moves it to the off position. The problem can cause lacerations, amputations and other serious injuries.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) May 14 recall notice, Harbor Freight said it received 15 reports of chainsaws failing to shut off. Three of the reports included lacerations to the operator, including one incident that required the operator to have stitches.
The recall covers about 1,020,000 14-inch electric chainsaws sold under the Portland, One Stop Gardens, and Chicago Electric brand names. The Portland and One Stop Gardens brand chainsaws have a green and black color scheme with the name “Portland” printed on the blade. The Chicago Electric brand chainsaw has a red and black color scheme with “Chicago Electric” printed on the chainsaw handle. All recalled chainsaws were sold with a black blade guard.
The recalled chainsaws have a model number; either 67255 or 61592 is printed on a label on the bottom of the chainsaw.
The electric chainsaws were made in China and sold nationwide through Harbor Freight’s stores or online from May 2009 through February 2018. The units sold for about $50.
The CPSC urges anyone who owns a recalled chainsaw to stop using it immediately and return it to a Harbor Freight Tool store, which will provide a free replacement chainsaw. Replacement units will be available starting May 21.