Log splitter being recalled after injuring two people

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KAIT) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd., of China are recalling about 20,000 Task Force 5-ton electric log splitters.

The electric log splitters have a hydraulic arm that, during use, slides 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 including a fingertip amputation of an 18-year-old man and one finger laceration injury of a 60-year-old man. Both individuals were injured after placing their hands on the handle while the splitter was in operation.

The log splitters are silver and black, electric 5-ton models. The log splitter brand name, model and item number below is included in this recall.

Brand Name | Mfg. Model No. | Item Number Task Force | 26083 | 241483 The item number and model number is printed on the power switch label at the rear of the log splitter. "Task Force" is printed on the side rail of the log splitters.

The log splitters were sold exclusively at Lowe's stores nationwide from January 2008 through March 2011 for about $300.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd. to receive a free set of warning labels including placement instructions.

Consumer Contact: For additional information contact Changzhou Globe Tool Group Co. Ltd. toll-free at (866) 456-8934 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Saturday or send an e-mail to logsplitter@sunrisetools.ca <mailto:logsplitter@sunrisetools.ca>