RECALL ALERT! Chainsaw Keeps Going After Powered Off

Courtesy Consumer Product Safety Commission

Courtesy Consumer Product Safety Commission

Portland, One Stop Gardens, and Chicago Electric 14-inch electric chainsaws are being recalled because their power switches can malfunction, allowing them to continue running after the operator moves the switch to the "off" position. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

For all three brands, the model numbers affected are 67255 and 61592.

Harbor Freight Tools has received 15 complaints about its products malfunctioning, with three reports of lacerated injuries and one even needing stitches. The Chicago Electric chain saw is red and black and has "Chicago Electric" printed on the handle.

You should immediately stop using the recalled chainsaws and return the product to the local store for a free replacement.

All recalled chainsaws were sold with a black blade guard.

The defective items were sold at Harbor Freights stores and online May 2009 through February 2018 at a price of $50.

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.

These chainsaws were made in China.

In the meantime, Harbor Freight Tools has some advice for owners of the recalled chain saws.

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