Amputation Fears Prompt Recall For Log Splitters

MTD Products Inc, of Cleveland, Ohio is recalling tens of thousands of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">defective log splitters over amputation fears, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced. About 26,000 Log Splitters were recalled in the United States and 2,100 log splitters were recalled in Canada

The control handle of the log splitter could fail to automatically return to the neutral position, as it should, and could fail to stop the splitting wedge from moving forward, posing a risk of amputation to consumers’ hands and fingers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

The recalled Log Splitters were manufactured in the United States and sold for between $1,000 and $2,300 from November 2008 through October 2009.

The following log splitter brand names and model numbers are included in this recall. They were sold in red, black, and yellow in 21-, 25-, 27-, and 33-ton models. The model number is located on the frame near the engine. Log splitters manufactured from November 2008 through October 2009 are included in this recall. Only models with certain serial numbers are included in this recall.

Brand Name MTD Gold:
Sold in hardware stores; model numbers: 24BF510B004, 24BF510E204, 24BF570L004, and 24BF570F204

Craftsman:

Sold in Sears; model numbers: 247.77640 and 247.77641

Cub Cadet:

Sold in Home Depot; model number: 24BF572B756
Sold in independent dealers; model numbers: 24BF572B710 and 24AD598A010

MTD:
Sold in Walmart and Menards; model number: 24BF550M006

Troy-Bilt:

Sold in hardware stores; model numbers: 24BF572B766 and 24AD597D766
Sold in Lowe’s; model numbers: 24BF572B711 and 24AD597D711
Sold in independent dealers: model numbers: 24BF572B766 and 24AD597D766

Yard Machines:

Sold in Home Depot; model number: 24BF552B729
Sold in Home Depot and Walmart: model number: 24BF550B029

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact MTD Products Inc. to determine if their log splitter is included in the recall, to receive inspection instructions and to receive a free repair if needed. MTD can be reached toll free at 1-888-848-6038 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Eastern Time, or at the firm’s Web site at www.mtdproducts.com.

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