The CPSC, in cooperation with Brave Products Inc., is voluntarily recalling about 8,000 log splitters. In February an additional 4,000 log splitters were recalled.
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.
So far there have been 59 new reports of leaking cylinders and/or rod retention failure since the recall in February. One consumer had to have his hand amputated that could have been caused by the faulty cylinder. The log splitters are made of steel and are painted either orange and black, or blue and black. Each splitter has trailer hitches, rubber tires, and a decal on the side of the product that says “Brave Products, Inc.” or “”Iron & Oak” that are either 15 tons, 22 tons, 26 tons, or 34 tons.
The log splitters were available at Ace, True Value, and Do It Best Hardware stores and other independent power equipment dealers all over the country from January 2002 to October 2004, and from May 2007 to April 2007.
To see what models have been recalled visit the CPSC’s log splitter recall page.
For more information on this subject, please refer to our section on Defective and Dangerous Products.