Chainsaws, pole saws sold at Lowe’s recalled because you may not be able to turn them off

Kobalt 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Chainsaws and Kobalt 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless 8-inch Electric Pole Saws sold exclusively at Lowe’s are being recalled due to a “risk of laceration,” according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.

The 150,000 chainsaws and 106,400 pole saws were distributed by Hongkong Sun Rise Trading. The chainsaws were sold from January 2014 to March 2020 for around $ 200. The pole saws were sold from March 2017 to October 2019 for around $ 180.

Regarding chainsaws, “Hongkong Sun Rise Trading has received 48 reports of soldering of the switch contacts causing the chainsaw to remain in the on position. No injuries were reported, ”according to the commission.

“The switch on the recalled pole saws may fail when subjected to a heavy load and cause the unit to continue to operate after the user releases the trigger, posing a risk of laceration for consumers. “

The company received 65 reports that the pole saws were still operating. No injuries were reported.

Details of the recalled products are:

  • Kobalt 12-inch 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless Electric Chainsaw – Model Number KCS 120-07, UPC 84182102474-1 and Model Number KCS 120, UPC 84182101749-1
  • Pole saw Kobalt, 49V 2.5AH, item number 796791
  • Bare tool for Kobalt 40v handle saw, part number 1083769
  • 40 V pole saw combi set, article number 970801
  • Pole saw SOS Kobalt 40v, article number 812419
  • SOS Kobalt 40V Pole Saw Tool Only, Part Number 812424

“Chainsaws are blue and black. “Kobalt”, “40v max” and “12 in. 30 cm ”are printed on the chainsaw. The model number and date code are printed on the label located in the rear handle. The UPC is located on the box.

On pole saws, the part number and date code are printed on the side of the guide bar near the oil plug. Kobalt is printed on the side of the device. The date codes are from January 1, 2017 to February 28, 2019.

Hongkong Sun Rise Trading offers free repairs.

For more information, call the company at 855-378-8826, Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET, Friday to Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, or online at and click on “Important Safety Notice”.

Kobalt’s 40-Volt Lithium-Ion Cordless 8-inch Electric Pole Saws have been recalled as they can continue to run even after the trigger is released.


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