Anyone who has ever used a chainsaw knows that the risk of injury is high. It is extremely important that the user of the chainsaw knows how to safely operate it, and that the chainsaw itself is properly maintained — or else the consequences could be devastating.
However, taking great care may not be enough, particularly if the chainsaw is defective.
Major manufacturer says chainsaws start unexpectedly
Black+Decker recently announced a recall of approximately 82,000 Craftsman corded electric chainsaws (CMECSP610). The chainsaw can reportedly start without the user turning it on. The problem apparently occurs when the chainsaw’s extension cord kit is connected upside down. The chainsaw can start unexpectedly and potentially cause severe lacerations.
The manufacturer encourages consumers to stop the use of the chainsaw and contact the manufacturer for a free repair kit.
Consumers, including those loyal to a specific brand name, put their trust in manufacturers to ensure that products will adhere to the highest standards of safety. When manufacturers fall short and defects arise, recalls are often necessary.
Yet, for many victims of defective products, recalls are too little and far too late, leaving victims with serious injuries and emotional trauma. In fact, Black+Decker has already received one report of a chainsaw accidentally starting and injuring someone.
More on chainsaw injuries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 36,000 people are injured by chainsaws every year. Eighty percent of those incidents result in lacerations. The parts of the body most commonly injured by chainsaws are the hands, fingers and knees. Alarmingly, the number of chainsaw accidents continues to increase, with medical expenses approaching $350 million annually.
Help for victims of defective products
Victims and their families may have grounds for a product liability claim. Such legal action can lead to much-needed compensation for medical expenses, lost income and other losses. For more on these matters, please see our personal injury and product liability overview.