The commission said the chainsaws have led to 15 reports of injuries due to the chainsaws continuing to operate after being turned off by the operator, including three laceration injuries and one serious injury to the arm requiring stitches.
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 recalled products are described as 14-inch electric chainsaws sold under the Portland, One Stop Gardens, and Chicago Electric brands.
The chainsaws were sold at Harbor Freight stores from May 2009 until February 2018 for about $50.
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.