Homelite, a chainsaw manufacturer, is recalling about 370,000 defective chainsaws because the brake can fail to stop the chain on its application, posing a risk of serious injuries. According to a news report on Consumeraffairs.com, the recall involves Homelite brand chainsaws with the following model numbers: UT10514, UT10516, UT10517, UT10518, UT10520, UT10540, UT10560 and UT10918.

These dangerous and defective products were manufactured in China between November 2007 and August 2008. The chainsaws’ date plates located under the rear handle of the saw bear both the model number and manufacturing date. Products not included in this recall are those that have a green dot sticker under the bottom side of the handle area and on the outside of the package.

Homelite chainsaws were sold in Home Depot stores nationwide between December 2007 and October 2008 for between $110 and $200. Please visit the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Web site, which has also posted an alert about this particular product defect. Consumers who own these chainsaws are asked to immediately stop using them and contact Homelite Consumer Products. Consumers may contact an authorized Homelite service center to schedule a free repair. Those looking for more information are asked to call the company toll-free at 1-800-242-4672 or visit their Web site.

According to the CPSC, there were more than 28,500 chainsaw injuries in 1999. More than 36 percent of these injuries were to the legs and knees. The average chainsaw injury requires about 110 stitches and the average medical costs in 2000 were more than $12,000 per injury. Medical costs for chainsaw injuries in the United States are estimated at about $350 million. Worker’s compensation costs related to chainsaw injuries are estimated at $125 million annually. The CPSC also estimates that chainsaw injuries are the most common and the most serious among people over 65 years of age who take on home improvement projects at home.

Homelite did the right thing by recalling these defective products, which clearly posed a serious injury hazard to consumers. If you have suffered an injury as a result of this particular brand of chainsaw or any other defective tools or products, please call us to find out about your legal rights.