Black & Decker has recalled around 82,000 corded chain saws after a person was injured when the saw turned on unexpectedly. According to an alert posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website, the Craftsman chain saws can turn on suddenly and unexpectedly without using the power switch. The recall notice says the problem only seems to occur when the extension cord adapter is connected upside down.
Details of the Recall
The company said it has received one report of the recalled chain saw starting unexpectedly and causing a laceration injury. The recall involves Craftsman 10-inch corded chain saws with extension poles. The model number is CMECSP610, which is printed on the label on top of the motor.
The saws are red with black and gray accents. Only chain saws with date codes 2019-20 through 2020-35 are included. The date code is etched under the handle base. The chain saws were sold at Lowe’s and other hardware stores nationwide and online at amazon.com from October 2019 through August 2020 for about $100.
Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the recalled chain saws and contact Craftsman for a free repair kit. If you own one of these products and have more questions, call Craftsman toll-free at 1-855-237-6848 or visit their website at craftsman.com.
Product Liability Issues
Defective saws or those saws that have been defectively designed, have the potential to cause injuries ranging from minor lacerations to finger or limb amputations. Saws must also have built-in guards that can help such injuries from occurring. If a defective power saw or a saw with a faulty design has injured you, you might be able to seek compensation for your injuries damages and losses. Manufacturers of these tools have the responsibility to make products that are safe for consumers.
Injured victims in such cases can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, cost of surgery, rehabilitation, pain and suffering and emotional distress. A number of parties including the manufacturer, distributor, retailer and others could be held liable in these cases. An experienced product defect lawyer can help you better understand your legal rights and options.