Approximately Homelite chain saws have been recalled due to a potential problem with the chain brake failure which could pose a risk of laceration or other serious personal injury.
On October 30, 2008, the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Homelite Consumer Products Inc., of Anderson, S.C., issued the Homelite chain saw recall for model numbers UT10514, UT10516, UT10517, UT10518, UT10520, UT10540, UT10560 and UT10918.
The chain saws were manufactured between November 2007 and August 2008 and sold at Home Depot stores throughout the United States for between $110 and $200.
The recall of Homelite chain saw was issued after it was discovered that the chain brake on the power tool could fail to stop the chain from moving on the first application.
Although the manufacturer indicates that there have been no reported injuries, this defect could result in consumers cutting themselves, someone else or creating an otherwise hazardous situation by continuing to cut an object after they intended to stop.
The chainsaws contain the “Homelite” brand name on the side, and the model number and date of manufacture are located on a plate beneath the rear handle of the saw.
Homelite chain saws with a green dot sticker on the bottom side of the handle area and on the outside of the package are not impacted by this recall.
Owners have been urged to stop using the chain saws immediately and contact Homelite Consumer Products to find the nearest authorized service center for a free repair . Consumers can also contact Homelite Consumer Products Inc. toll free at (800) 242-4672 or through the company’s website at www.homelite.com.