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Risk of Amputation Prompts Recall of Log Splitters


Following earlier recalls in 2005 and 2007 of some 12,000 log splitters, Brave Products of Ill, has issued a renewed recall of the same and additional models on April 1, 2009.

The log splitter's hydraulic cylinders can have defective rod retention, causing the seals to leak and the rods to detach. This can result in serious injury to the operator, as the rod can rapidly and unexpectedly extend the splitting wedge.

This latest recall is prompted by 26 reports of failure, and includes units previously thought to be unaffected by the earlier recalls. The initial recalls were issued in response to 59 reports of leaking cylinders and/or rod retention failure: 1 consumer reported a hand amputation that could have been caused by this cylinder defect.

The log splitters are made of steel and painted orange and black, or blue and black. They have trailer hitches and rubber tires. Each log splitter has a decal on the side that reads "Brave Products, Inc." or "Iron & Oak" and "__ ton" (either 15, 22, 26, or 34).

The log splitters were sold at Ace, True Value, and Do It Best Hardware stores and independent power equipment dealers nationwide from January 2002 through April 2007 for between $900 and $2,000.

APRIL-01-09: Brave Products Reannounces Recall of Log Splitters [CPSC: BRAVE PRODUCTS RECALLS LOG SPLITTERS]

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Published on Apr-1-09


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