DeWalt has recalled about 8,500 electric chainsaws because they can fail to stop running when the switch is in the “off” position, posing a risk of injury.
According to Consumer Reports, so far there are no known incidents or injury reports. Consumer Reports says it has tested two DeWalt electric chainsaws, both of which appear in its chainsaw rating – but not the model under recall. Consumer Reports said it saw a recall for a similar issue in 2018, which involved more than 1 million electric chainsaws sold by Harbor Freight.
Recalled Electric Chainsaws
The recall involves only one model of 18-inch corded electric chainsaw with the model number DWCS600. The specific date codes covered are 2021 23-H5 to 2021 40-H5. This information can be found on the underside of the saw’s base. The problem with these recalled devices is that they could remain running even when the switch is on the “off” position or turn on when plugged in posing a serious laceration hazard to the user.
The defective electric chainsaws were sold at hardware and tool supply stores nationwide from June 2021 through November 2021 for between $130 and $150. Those who own these machines are asked to stop using the recalled electric chainsaws and contact DeWalt to receive a prepaid shipping label. When consumers return the recalled saws, DeWalt will provide a free replacement. For questions or concerns, call 855-474-5875.
Product Liability Issues
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), each year, approximately 36,000 people are treated in hospital emergency departments for injuries from using chain saws. The potential risk of injury increases after hurricanes and other natural disasters, when chain saws are widely used to remove fallen or partially fallen trees and tree branches. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that the average chainsaw injury requires about 110 stitches. Medical costs for chainsaw injuries based on these facts amount to about $350 million each year.
When a chainsaw injury is caused by a defective or malfunctioning product, the manufacturer can be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses caused. Injured victims can seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disfigurement, disabilities, and pain and suffering. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to help injured victims and their families explore their legal rights and options.