Harbor Freight Tools recalling over 1 million chainsaws

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

Harbor Freight Tools has announced the recall of more than 1 million chainsaws after reports that some devices won't turn off.

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling two chainsaw models because of a risk of serious injury.

Harbor Freight says it's received 15 reports of chainsaws continuing to operate after being turned off.

The CPSC says the power switch can malfunction, causing the chainsaw to continue running after being switched to the off position. One of the injuries was serious and required arm stitches.

Included in the recall are the Portland One Stop Garden and the Chicago Electric
Included in the recall are the Portland One Stop Garden and the Chicago Electric

Customers should stop using the chainsaw and return it for a free replacement.

The Portland and One Stop Gardens brand chainsaws have a green-and-black color scheme and "Portland" printed on the blades. Portland brand saws have model numbers 67255 or 61592, and Once Stop Gardens brand saws have model numbers 67255 or 61592. The Chicago Electric chain saw is red and black and has "Chicago Electric" printed on the handle.

The defective chainsaws were sold at Harbor Freight stores across the country and online from May 2009 through February 2018 for about $50 each.

Contrary to the recall notice, which said replacements were available beginning May 1, the company's said in a recall poster on its website that people can start exchanging their chain saws May 21.