|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 7, 2011
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 456-8934
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Changzhou Globe Tool Group Recalls Electric Log Splitters Due to Laceration or Amputation Hazard; Firm to Provide Additional On-Product Warnings; Sold Exclusively at Lowe's Stores
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firms 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: 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||Mfg. Model No. ||Item Number
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 email@example.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
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