MTD Recalls Log Splitters Due to Amputation Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2009
Release # 10-062
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 848-6038
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

MTD Recalls Log Splitters Due to Amputation Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Log Splitters

Units: About 26,000 in the United States and 2,100 in Canada

Manufacturer: MTD Products Inc, of Cleveland, Ohio

Hazard: The control handle of the log splitter could fail to automatically return to the neutral position as it should and could fail to stop the splitting wedge from moving forward, posing a risk of amputation to consumers' hands and fingers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The following log splitter brand names and model numbers are included in this recall. They were sold in red, black and yellow in 21, 25, 27 and 33 ton models. The model number is located on the frame near the engine. Log splitters manufactured from November 2008 through October 2009 are included in this recall. Only models with certain serial numbers are included in this recall.

Brand NameModel NumberSold In:
MTD Gold 24BF510B004 Hardware Stores
MTD Gold 24BF510E204 Hardware Stores
MTD Gold 24BF570L004 Hardware Stores
MTD Gold 24BF570F204 Hardware Stores
Troy-Bilt 24BF572B766 Hardware Stores
Troy-Bilt 24AD597D766 Hardware Stores
Troy-Bilt 24BF572B711 Lowe's
Troy-Bilt 24AD597D711 Lowe's
Yard Machines 24BF552B729 Home Depot
Yard Machines 24BF550B029 Home Depot & Walmart
Cub Cadet 24BF572B756 Home Depot
Cub Cadet 24BF572B710 Independent Dealers
Cub Cadet 24AD598A010 Independent Dealers
Troy-Bilt 24BF572B766 Independent Dealers
Troy-Bilt 24AD597D766 Independent Dealers
MTD 24BF550M006 Walmart & Menards
Craftsman 247.77640 Sears
Craftsman 247.77641 Sears

Additional recalled log splitter models were sold in Canada. See the Canadian press release with Canadian model information.

Sold at: Home Depot, Lowe's, Menards, Sears, Walmart, hardware stores and by independent dealers from November 2008 through October 2009 for between $1,000 and $2,300.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled log splitters and contact MTD Products Inc. to determine if their log splitter is included in the recall, to receive inspection instructions and to receive a free repair if needed.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact MTD toll free at (888) 848-6038 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and on Saturdays between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET, or visit the firm's Web site at www.mtdproducts.com

Picture of Recalled log splitter