More Than 1 Million Chainsaws Recalled

Harbor Freight Tools has received 15 reports of these chainsaws continuing to operate after being turned off by the operator, resulting in three laceration injuries, including one serious injury to a person's arm requiring stitches.

Harbor Freight Tools of Camarillo, Calif., has recalled more than 1 million Portland, One Stop Gardens, and Chicago Electric brand 14-inch electric chainsaws because the power switch can malfunction and allow the saw to continue operating after the operator moves the switch to the "off" position, which poses a serious injury hazard to the operator. The recall of about 1,020,000 chainsaws was announced May 14.

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.

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 a person's arm requiring stitches.

Consumers can contact Harbor Freight Tools at 800-444-3353 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PDT, email recall@harborfreight.com, visit www.harborfreight.com and click on Recall Safety Information on the bottom of the company's homepage for more information.

The 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.

The recall is being conducted voluntarily by the company under the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms that commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and a remedy to protect consumers.

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