A national discount tool and equipment retailer issued a recall Monday for more than 1 million electric chain saws after receiving reports that some models continued running even after being turned off, exposing unsuspecting users to potentially serious injuries. Three people have had laceration injuries, including one serious injury to the arm that required stitches.
The recall includes two models of 14-inch chainsaws sold under three different brand names - Portland, One Stop Gardens, and Chicago Electric.
The chainsaws were sold at Harbor Freight stores from May 2009 until February 2018 and sold for about $50. The Portland and One Stop Gardens saws are green and black in color and have "Portland" printed on the blades. "Portland" is printed in large capital letters across the saw.
If you have one like this, stop using it immediately.
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Replacement units will be available starting Sunday, May 20.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent agency of the U.S. government.
The Chicago Electric features a red and black chainsaw with "Chicago Electric" on the handle.
According to the agency's official website, deaths, injuries and damage caused by consumer product incidents add up to over $1 trillion per year.