Chainsaws recalled for laceration hazard

Lowe’s is recalling over a quarter million electric chainsaws, due to a potential “laceration hazard.”  Two types of Kobalt electric saws were named.

The Kobalt brand 40-volt Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Chainsaws have received 48 reports (thus far) of the saws remaining “on” even when users attempt to switch it to the “off” position, due to faulty welding.

Example of Kobalt brand chainsaws

The Kobalt brand 40-volt Lithium Ion 8-inch Cordless Electric Pole Saws feature a switch that “can fail while under a heavy load, and cause the unit to continue running after the user releases the trigger, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.”

Owners of this product are urged to stop using the recalled saws immediately and to contact distributor Hongkong Sun Rise Trading for a free repair. The chainsaws were sold from January 2014 through March 2020. The pole saws were sold from March 2017 through October 2019.

The CDC reports that there are 36,000 chainsaw-related injuries every year, with medical costs running up to $350 million dollars annually. If you have been injured and believe the injury was in response to faulty engineering, don’t hesitate to consult experienced attorneys. Call Allen and Allen today, at 866-232-9172.