Log Splitters Sold at Lowe’s Recalled Following Finger Amputation, Laceration Reports

About 20,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Task Force 5-Ton Electric Log Splitters are being recalled following finger amputation and laceration reports, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The defective Task Force 5-Ton Electric Log Splitters were manufactured in China by Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd., of China; imported by L G Sourcing, Inc. of North Wilkesboro, North Carolina; and sold exclusively at Lowe’s stores, nationwide, from January 2008 through March 2011 for about $300.

The recalled Task Force 5-Ton Electric Log Splitters are constructed with a hydraulic arm that, during use, slides under the handle used to move the machine. The moving hydraulic arm poses a laceration or amputation injury hazard to individuals who place their hands on that handle while the splitter is in operation.

To date, there have been two reports of injuries including a fingertip amputation of an 18-year-old man and one finger laceration injury of a 60-year-old man. Both individuals were injured after placing their hands on the handle while the splitter was in operation.

The defective Task Force 5-Ton Electric Log Splitters are silver and black, electric 5-ton models. The log splitter brand name Task Force, model 26082, and item number 241483 is included in this recall. The item number and model number is printed on the power switch label at the rear of the log splitter. “Task Force” is printed on the side rail of the log splitters.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd. to receive a free set of warning labels including placement instructions. Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd. can be reached, toll-free, at 1.866.456.8934 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Saturday, or by email to logsplitter@sunrisetools.ca.

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