Harbor Freight Tools recalls chainsaws


Harbor Freight Tools has recalled more than a million 14-inch chainsaws because the power switch can malfunction.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the chainsaws could continue to operate after the switch is moved to the “off” position, posing a serious injury hazard to the operator.

There have been 15 reports of chainsaws continuing to operate after being turned off, resulting in three laceration injuries. One serious injury to the arm required stitches.

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. Portland brand saws have model numbers 67255 or 61592, and Once Stop Gardens brand saws have model numbers 67255 or 61592.

The Chicago Electric brand chainsaw has a red and black color scheme and “Chicago Electric” printed on the chainsaw handle. Model numbers are 67255 or 61592.

All recalled chainsaws were sold with a black blade guard. The saws were sold from May 2009 through February 2018 for about $50.

The safety commission said people should immediately stop using the recalled chainsaws and return the product to their local Harbor Freight Tools store for a free replacement.

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