Seemingly possessed chainsaws wouldn’t turn off
These chainsaws are fit for a slasher flick.
Over 1 million chainsaws were recalled due to a ghostly malfunction that let them run even after they were turned off, causing some injuries — and serious scares.
“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,” reads the recall notice from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission about the 14-inch chainsaws — which were made in China and sold nationwide by Harbor Freight Tools under three different brand names: Portland, One Stop Gardens and Chicago Electric.
The California-based retailer said it received 15 reports concerning the seemingly possessed chainsaws — with three resulting in minor cuts and one causing a serious injury to a person’s arm, which required stitches.
The recall covers model Nos. 67255 and 61592 of the tools, which were sold from May 2009 through February 2018.
Harbor Freight is offering replacements instead of refunds, which will be available starting May 21.