MTD Recalls Log Splitters Due to Amputation Hazard
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Log Splitters
Units: About 26,000 in the United States and 2,100 in Canada
Manufacturer: MTD Products Inc, of Cleveland, Ohio
Hazard: 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.
Incidents/Injuries: None reported.
Description: 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 Model Number Sold In: MTD Gold 24BF510B004 Hardware Stores MTD Gold 24BF510E204 Hardware Stores MTD Gold 24BF570L004 Hardware Stores MTD Gold 24BF570F204 Hardware Stores Troy-Bilt 24BF572B766 Hardware Stores Troy-Bilt 24AD597D766 Hardware Stores Troy-Bilt 24BF572B711 Lowe’s Troy-Bilt 24AD597D711 Lowe’s Yard Machines 24BF552B729 Home Depot Yard Machines 24BF550B029 Home Depot & Walmart Cub Cadet 24BF572B756 Home Depot Cub Cadet 24BF572B710 Independent Dealers Cub Cadet 24AD598A010 Independent Dealers Troy-Bilt 24BF572B766 Independent Dealers Troy-Bilt 24AD597D766 Independent Dealers MTD 24BF550M006 Walmart & Menards Craftsman 247.77640 Sears Craftsman 247.77641 Sears Additional recalled log splitter models were sold in Canada. See the Canadian press release with Canadian model information.
Sold at: Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Sears, Walmart, hardware stores and by independent dealers from November 2008 through October 2009 for between $1,000 and $2,300.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should 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.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact MTD toll free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET, or visit the firms Web site at www.mtdproducts.com
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