Over 1 million chainsaws under recall for switch malfunction

  • Over 1 million chainsaws under recall for switch malfunction

Over 1 million chainsaws under recall for switch malfunction

A national discount tool and equipment retailer issued a recall Monday for more than 1 million electric chain saws after receiving reports that some models continued running even after being turned off, exposing unsuspecting users to potentially serious injuries.

The brand names include Portland, One Stop Gardens, and Chicago Electric 14 inch electric chainsaws. Three people were injured, including one serious arm injury that required stitches.

They were sold at various Harbor Freight branches across America between May 2009 and February 2018 for around $50.

All have "Portland" printed on the blade.

A 14-inch Portland electric chain saw.

All of the recalled chainsaws were sold with a black blade guard. Replacement units will be available starting May 21, 2018.

Chainsaw usage has been recommended to cease by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in a statement on Tuesday, CBS News reports. The Chicago Electric brand chainsaw has a red-and-black color scheme and "Chicago Electric" printed on the chainsaw handle. It's task is to protect the public from "unreasonable risks or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction".