Electric Log Splitters Recalled

Changzhou Globe Tool Group has recalled electric log splitters sold exclusively at Lowe’s due to a laceration or amputation hazard.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms named below, announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Task Force 5-ton electric log splitters

Units: About 20,000

Manufacturer: Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd., of China

Importer: L G Sourcing, Inc. of North Wilkesboro, NC

Hazard: The electric log splitters have 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.

Incident/Injuries: 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.

Description: The log splitters are silver and black, electric 5-ton models. The log splitter brand name, model and item number below is included in this recall.
Brand Name - Task Force

Mfg. Model No. – 26083

Item Number - 241483
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.

Sold Exclusively at: Lowe's stores nationwide from January 2008 through March 2011 for about $300.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should 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.

Consumer Contact: For additional information contact Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd. toll-free at (866) 456-8934 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday or send an e-mail to logsplitter@sunrisetools.ca. To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including a picture of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11273.html.

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