Recalled Electric Chainsaws Can Accidentally Re-start

Hardware retailer Harbor Freight is recalling one million chainsaws after reports that the machines can re-start even when they’re in the “off” position.

The company announced that it was recalling chainsaws manufactured in China and sold in its stores in the U.S. The Consumer Products Safety Commission says Harbor Freight received 15 complaints where a chainsaw user’s switch malfunctioned and their 14-inch chainsaws restarted unexpectedly.

There are two models of the electric chainsaw being recalled and they are labeled with three different brand names — “The Portland,” “One Stop Gardens” and “Chicago Electric.” It’s important to check if you think you might have one of these saws in your tool shed, because Harbor Freight actually began selling these as far back as 2009.

If you have one, you are being urged to bring it back to the store for a replacement.

Details about the recall can be found here