|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2005
Release # 05-110
|Firm's Hotline: (800) 350-8739
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Note: This recall has been expanded.
CPSC, Brave Products Inc. Announce Recall of Log Splitters
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturer named below, today 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: Log Splitter
Units: About 4,000
Manufacturer: Brave Products Inc., Streator, Ill
Hazard: The log splitter's hydraulic cylinders can have defective rod retention, causing the seals to leak and the rods to detach. This can result in serious injury to the operator, as the rod can rapidly and unexpectedly extend the splitting wedge.
Incidents/Injuries: Brave Products has received 14 reports of leaking cylinders and/or rod retention failure. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The log splitters are made of steel and painted orange and black. They have trailer hitches and rubber tires. Each log splitter has a decal on the side that reads "Brave Products, Inc." and "__ ton" (either 15, 22, 26, or 34). The following models are being recalled:
Brave VH0234 (34 ton) Serial #S012368 through S016976
Brave VH9926 (26 ton) Serial #S014226 through S017534
Brave VH9922 (22 ton) Serial #S011460 through S016862
Brave HB0115 (15 ton) Serial #S013853 through S017534
(Serial number plate is located on the hydraulic tank)
Sold by: Ace, True Value, and Do It Best Hardware stores and independent power equipment dealers nationwide from June 2003 through October 2004 for between $899 and $1,999.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should stop using their log splitter until they have determined if their unit is a part of this recall. Consumers should contact Brave Products Inc. to receive a free replacement cylinder
Consumer Contact: Call Brave Products Inc. at (800) 350-8739 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or write to Brave Products, Inc., P.O. Box 577, Streator, IL 61364-0577. Consumers also can visit the company's web site at http://www.braveproducts.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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