By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist
Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd. is recalling about 20,000 Task Force 5-ton electric log splitters.
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.
Two injuries have been reported, a fingertip amputation of an 18-year-old man and one finger laceration injury of a 60-year-old man, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Commission said in a joint statement. Both individuals were injured after placing their hands on the handle while the splitter was in operation.
The log splitters are silver and black, electric 5-ton models. Click here for the log splitter brand name, model, and item included in this recall.
The item number and model number are 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.
Manufactured in China, the log splitters were sold only at Lowe's stores nationwide from January 2008 through March 2011 for about $300.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact Changzhou Globe Tool Group to receive a free set of warning labels including placement instructions, the company and commission advise.
For additional information, contact Changzhou Globe Tool Group at 866-456-8934 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday or send an e-mail to [email protected].
For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.