Warning issued for log splitters

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Lowe’s and its import division, LG Sourcing, has issued a recall notice for approximately 20,000 electric log splitters sold nationwide from January 2008 through March 2011.

The product, which sold for about $300 under the brand name Task Force 5-ton electric log splitter, poses a danger to consumers because its hydraulic arm can slide 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. There have been two reports of injuries so far. 

The product was manufactured by Changzhou Globe Tool Group.

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 issue was with the warning labels,” a CPSC spokesperson explained to HCN. “Consumers should stop using it, get the new warning labels, read them and put them in place [on the log splitter].”