KEY POINTS

  • The recall affects a certain model of 18-inch DeWALT corded chainsaws
  • Only the products with specific date codes are included in the recall
  • Customers with the affected products can have their chainsaws replaced

DeWALT is recalling thousands of its corded chainsaws due to an issue that may pose an injury hazard to users.

The problem with the recalled chainsaws is that they can continue running even when switched off or "turn on when plugged in," the recall alert on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website noted.

No injuries have so far been reported in connection with the recall, but customers with the affected products are being advised to stop using their units. They should also contact DeWALT so they can return the chainsaws and have them replaced.

The recall affects 8,500 units of DeWALT DWCS600 Type 1 18-inch 15-amp corded chainsaws that are yellow and black in color. Only the units with date codes 2021 23-H5 to 2021 40-H5 are covered by the recall, the alert noted. Customers can find the date code at the "bottom of the chain saw, behind the chain/bar." 

The recalled chainsaws were sold at stores nationwide from June to November 2021. The CPSC has shared a photo of the unit as well as where the date code can be found, for reference. 

Customers may contact the company at 855- 474-5875 or via email at recall@sbdinc.com.

Chainsaw Safety

One has to choose a chainsaw that suits their needs and has important safety features, the University of Georgia noted. However, these features still "do not replace proper training," the university added.

Key tips for chainsaw safety include wearing the right clothes when operating the tool. This means donning clothes that are "close-fitting but not confining," gloves, safety glasses, steel toe boots and a hard hat.

People are also advised to use only the chainsaws they have been trained to use and carefully read and understand the owner's manual. It's also important not to use a chainsaw when one is alone, tired or under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Having help when using a chainsaw is ideal, and the user should always be aware of where their companions are "at all times."

Most importantly, children should be prohibited from operating the tool.

Chainsaw Pictured: Representative image of a chainsaw. Photo: Hans Braxmeier/Pixabay