Harbor Freight recalls chainsaws due to injury risk

"The recall impacts two 14" inch chainsaw models sold under three different brand names.

Harbor Freight says the chainsaw can continue to operate after the switch is put in the "off" position, posing a serious injury hazard to the user. One serious injury to the arm required stitches.

Harbor Freight Tools is recalling more than 1 million electric chainsaws because they may not turn off. The Portland and One Stop Gardens saws are green and black in color and have "Portland" printed on the blades.

A 14-inch Portland electric chain saw. The Chicago Electric chain saw is red and black and has "Chicago Electric" printed on the handle.

Included in the recall are the Portland One Stop Garden and the Chicago Electric
Included in the recall are the Portland One Stop Garden and the Chicago Electric

People who have purchased one of the chainsaws are encouraged to return it to the store immediately for a replacement.

Chainsaw usage has been recommended to cease by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in a statement on Tuesday, CBS News reports.

The recall notice says replacement chainsaws have been available since May 1, but the Harbor Freight website says they won't be available until Monday, May 21. 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".

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