Fire risk prompts recall of chainsaws, air conditioners

(WPRI) — The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of several items, all due to the risk of fire.

Both Remington and Craftsman gasoline chainsaws are being recalled. The tools are both manufactured by the same company in China and the CPSC said the chainsaws can leak fuel, posing a fire hazard.

Remington Chainsaws

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Remington-branded chainsaws being recalled are powered by a two-cycle gasoline engine ranging in size from 42cc to 46cc and with either a 14 inch, 18-inch or 20-inch bar. The chainsaw’s housing is orange and black and Remington is printed on the side of the unit and on the bar. Chainsaws included in this recall have model numbers RM4214, RM4218 and RM4620 and serial numbers 1K155XQ0198 through 1F076XQ0200.

The tools in question were manufactured between November 15, 2015 and June 7, 2016. Model and serial numbers and the manufacture date are located on a white label above the rear handle. The second through fifth characters of the serial number identify the manufacturing date. The second character is the month with A= January, B= February, C = March, etc. The third and fourth characters are the day of the month. The fifth character is the last digit of the year of manufacture (e.g. C286= March 28, 2016).

The chainsaws were sold at Bi-Mart, Farmer’s Furniture, Lowe’s and Mid-States Distributing Co. and other retailers nationwide and online at Amazon.com and Lowes.com from February 2016 through July 2016 for between $160 and $280.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chainsaws and contact MTD Southwest’s Remington recall line for instructions on obtaining a free replacement chainsaw. The recall line can be reached toll-free at 888-848-6038 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online http://www.remingtonpowertools.com and click on the Product Recall tab at the bottom of the main page.

Craftsman Chainsaws

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Craftsman-branded chainsaws being recalled are powered by a two-cycle gasoline engine ranging in size from 42cc to 46cc and with either a 16-inch, 18-inch or 20-inch bar. The chainsaw’s housing is red and black and Craftsman is printed on the side of the unit and on the bar. Chainsaws included in the recall have model numbers 41AY427S799 316.38070, 41AY429S799 316.38090, 41AY462S799 316.38098 and 41AY469S799 316.38188, and serial numbers 1K155XQ0198 through 1F076XQ0200.

The tools in question were manufactured between November 15, 2015 and June 7, 2016. Model and serial numbers and the manufacture date are located on a white label above the rear handle. The second through fifth characters of the serial number identify the manufacturing date. The second character is the month with A= January, B= February, C = March, etc. The third and fourth characters are the day of the month. The fifth character is the last digit of the year of manufacture (e.g. B196 = February 19, 2016).

The chainsaws were sold at Ace Hardware, Atwoods, Orchard Supply Hardware and Sears and online at OSH.com and Sears.com from February 2016 through July 2016 for between $160 and $280.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chainsaws and contact MTD Southwest’s Craftsman recall line toll-free at 866-864-2949 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.craftsman.com and click on the Customer Care tab and then on Product Recalls under Warranty and Returns.

LG Portable Air Conditioners

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LG is recalling three models of portable air conditioners because they can overheat and pose a risk of fire, the CPSC said. The firm has received four reports of fires that have caused $380,000 in property damage. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves about 466, 000 units. The three models affected are 7,000 and 8,000 BTU LG portable air conditioners including model numbers LP0711WNR, LP0813WNR, and LP0814WNR. The air conditioners are tan/white with the LG logo on the front. They measure about 30 inches tall, 12 inches wide and 14 inches deep and weigh 50 pounds. The model number is located on the product’s left side panel.

The air conditioners were sold at Home Depot and other stores nationwide from February 2011 through August 2016 for between $250 and $280.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled portable air conditioners and contact LG to schedule a free repair at an authorized service center. You can reach LG toll-free at 855-791-0808 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. CT on Saturday or online at http://www.lgportablerecall.com.