Recalled Log Splitters Pose Amputation Hazard

Around 26,000 defective log splitters manufactured from November 2008 through October 2009 by MTD Products Inc. of Cleveland Ohio, have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer in cooperation with the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. The reason for the recall is that the control handle of the log splitter could fail to automatically return to the neutral position as it should and could fail to stop the splitting wedge from moving forward, posing an amputation risk to a user’s hands and fingers.

The recalled log splitters were sold at Home Depot, Lowe’s, Sears, Walmart, hardware stores and by independent dealers from November 2008 through October 2009. Go to the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for a complete list of the log splitter brand names and model numbers included in the log splitter recall.

This is an especially bad time of the year in Louisiana for a defective log splitter to be in the stream of commerce. As a young boy, Baton Rouge, Louisiana injury attorney, Scott Andrews, has vivid recollections of splitting fire wood for the North Louisiana winters, and was especially excited when his father would come home with a log splitter to ease the work load. Scott Andrews reminds consumers to “stop using the recalled log splitters immediately and to contact the manufacturer for further instructions.” Injury attorney Andrews also reminds injured consumers that if a finger is traumatically amputated, it can be reimplanted if the amputated finger is taken to the hospital in a timely and proper manner.

If you or a loved one suffered an amputation injury from a recalled log splitter, contact the experienced Baton Rouge, Louisiana defective product lawyers at Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews. Email Louisiana injury lawyers or call (800) 929-7481 to schedule a free consultation.