Recall alert: 250K-plus Kobalt saws sold at Lowe’s might not turn off, recalled by distributor

Recall alert: 250K-plus Kobalt saws sold at Lowe’s might not turn off, recalled by distributor

Two different Kobalt electric, cordless saws sold at Lowe’s over the past six years are being recalled because they pose a “laceration hazard,” according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

More than 256,000 saws are included in the recalls because distributor Hongkong Sun Rise Trading has determined the saws may continue running after the user either turns the power tool off or releases its trigger, WHNT reported.

According to USA Today, no injuries have been reported involving the saws, and consumers can contact Hongkong Sun Rise Trading for a free repair.

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Specifically, the recalls affect 106,400 Kobalt 40-Volt Lithium Ion 8-inch Cordless Electric Pole Saws and 150,000 Kobalt 40-Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Chainsaws.

According to the recall, the switch on the pole saws “can fail while under a heavy load and cause the unit to continue running after the user releases the trigger, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.” Forty-eight consumers have reported the chain saws remaining on after being properly turned off.

The pole saws, which cost about $180 each, were sold from March 2017 through October 2019, and 65 consumers reported the saws continued running after releasing the trigger. The UPC can be found on the box, while the model number and date codes are printed on the label located in the rear handle.

The chain saws, which cost about $200 each, were sold from January 2014 through March 2020, and the item number and date code are printed on the side of the guide bar near the oil cap.