1 Million Chainsaws Recalled Across U.S. Because They May Not Turn Off

Over a million chainsaws sold at Harbor Freight Tools stores across the U.S. have been recalled, because they may not turn off.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the company has received 15 reports of malfunctioning off switches on their 14-inch chainsaws, which has resulted in three laceration injuries. One of the injuries was so serious it required multiple stitches to the consumer’s arm.

“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 government agency wrote on its website.

984_1 Over one million Harbor Freight Tools chainsaws have been recalled across America this week because they might not turn off. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Around 1,020,000 units have been recalled.

There are two models of the defective electric chainsaws, which were manufactured in China, labeled under three names: "The Portland," "One Stop Gardens" and "Chicago Electric". They were sold at various Harbor Freight branches across America between May 2009 and February 2018 for around $50.

The Portland and One Stop Gardens model has a green handle and black components with a silver jagged saw. “Portland” is printed in large capital letters across the saw. The Chicago Electric has a red handle with black components and a silver saw that has “Double Guard” printed on it.

Both models came with a black blade guard.

People who have purchased one of the chainsaws are encouraged to return it to the store immediately for a replacement. The improved saws will be in stores and available online from May 21.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent agency of the U.S. government. It’s task is to protect the public from “unreasonable risks or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction.”

According to the agency’s official website, deaths, injuries and damage caused by consumer product incidents add up to over $1 trillion per year.